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This book presents a unique account of how technological change is generated and the processes by which improved technologies are introduced into economic activity. The central theme of the book is the idea that technological changes are often "path dependent": their form and direction tend to be influenced strongly by the particular sequence of earlier events out of which a new technology has emerged. Individual chapters explore the particular features of new technologies in different historical and sectoral contexts.
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"Historians of technology will learn something from this book and will applaud Rosenberg's challenges to economic orthodoxies in several areas." Technology and Culture, JoAnne Yates, M.I.T.See more reviews
"The toughest thing about trying to cross disciplinary chasms is finding trustworthy bridges: this volume offers historians of science a strong and sturdy bridge into the fertile and promising landscape of science and its economic relations and consequences. And Nathan Rosenberg is a prince of a guide." ISIS
"...Rosenberg is a master of the well-crafted, thought-provoking essay...this latest collection...will undoubtedly be widely read. If you read nothing else on technological innovation, you will not go wrong by reading Rosenberg...easily accessible to the general reader." Nature
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- Date Published: March 1994
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521459556
- length: 288 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.39kg
- contains: 4 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of figures
Part I. Dealing With an Uncertain Future:
1. Path-dependent aspects of technological change
2. Charles Babbage: pioneer economist
3. Joseph Schumpeter: radical economist
4. Technological innovation and long waves
Part II. Technology in Context:
5. Economic experiments
6. Why in America?
7. Can Americans learn to become better imitators?
8. Critical issues in science policy research
Part III. Sectoral Studies in Technological Change:
9. Energy-efficient technologies: past and future perspectives
10. Innovation in the chemical processing industries
11. Telecommunications: complex, uncertain, and path-dependent
12. Understanding the adoption of new technology in the forest products industry
13. Scientific instrumentation and university research
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