New York Times: Books on Science
“Consider what the state of science would be without the microscope, the telescope, or a more recent technical advance like automated DNA sequencing.”
Article by John Markoff
“The most important book on technology and the economy since Schumpeter. A work of deep and lasting importance.”
“Brian Arthur’s brilliantly original analysis of how technology develops and evolves reminds me of Euclid’s Geometry –it’s clear, simple and seemingly self-evident. Thrilling to read and rich in implications.”
An excerpt from The Nature of Technology :
“The Nature of Technology is an elegant and powerful theory of the origins and evolution of technology. It accomplishes for the progress of technology what Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions did for scientific progress. Arthur explains how transformative new technologies arise and how innovation really works. Conventional thinking ascribes the invention of technologies to “thinking outside the box,” or vaguely to genius or creativity, but Arthur shows that such explanations are inadequate. Rather, technologies are put together from pieces — themselves technologies — that already exist. Technologies therefore share common ancestries, and combine, morph, and combine again, to create further technologies. Technology evolves much as a coral reef builds itself from activities of small organisms — it creates itself from itself; and all technologies are descended from earlier technologies.
Drawing on a wealth of examples, from historical inventions to the high-tech wonders of today, and writing in wonderfully engaging and clear prose, Arthur takes us on a mind-opening journey that will change the way we think about technology and how it structures our lives.”
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