Man, the Maker: A History of Technology and Engineering

Man, the Maker: A History of Technology and Engineering

Man, the Maker: A History of Technology and Engineering

Man, the Maker: A History of Technology and Engineering

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This book was written as an attempt to show how certain of our material achievements arose and became part of that complex of culture traits we call civilization. It is the story of Homo faber, a sociological species distinct from Homo sapiens, and covers his accomplishments in the field of discovery, invention, and engineering from prehistoric times to the present day.

In discussing the meaning of history, the late Dr. F. S. Marvin once wrote: "The learner must turn his eyes to his progenitors of the spirit . . . they will be found in every age and country, strengthening the skillful hand, informing the brain, weaving immortal images of love and beauty. In the spirit of these he must himself learn and work, yet he cannot work only for himself or for his own country, for this would be treachery to the name he bears and the heritage he has acquired. He looks round the world for confirmation and assistance, but is appalled by the many crimes, the long stretches of darkness, the hurrying streams of folly and indifference. Yet if he looks steadily, he cannot mistake the figure of humanity arising in the mists."

The writer believes that the thought so well expressed by Dr. Marvin holds good for engineering and technology as well . . .

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