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Description - American Technological Sublime by David E. Nye

"American Technological Sublime" continues the exploration of the social construction of technology that David Nye began in his award-winning book "Electrifying America". Here Nye examines the continuing appeal of the "technological sublime" as a key to the nation's history, using as examples the natural sites, architectural forms, and technological achievements (such as the Grand Canyon, the Erie Canal, the first transcontinental railroad, and the Brooklyn Bridge) that ordinary people have valued intensely. He then looks at the atom bomb tests and the Apollo 11 mission as examples of the increasing ambivalence of the technological sublime in the postwar world, concluding with a vision of the modern-day "consumer sublime" as manifested in the fantasy world of Las Vegas.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262640343
ISBN-10: 0262640341
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Feb-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David E. Nye

David E. Nye is Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Babbage Institute and the History of Science and Technology program at the University of Minnesota and Professor of American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark.He is the author of eight books published by the MIT Press, including America's Assembly Line and When the Lights Went Out.

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