The missing side of the history of technology has been the coevolution of technologies and techniques, devices and skills. Examining the everyday objects that help -- and impede -- our interaction with the world, Our Down Devices offers a fresh look at how technology for better and worse helps make us human.
Grand works always seem to go up just before the rulers, governments, and corporations that built them start to go down. Is there something in the cycle of human affairs that haunts the monumental? Or can the building of big things actually begin new eras and create social cohesion, as some sociologists and archaeologists have argued? An essay on bigness and business.