The Construction Of The Modern World

2135 WordsDec 10, 20149 Pages
The construction of the modern world can be attributed to several factors over the past hundred years. The Industrial Revolution marks a major turning point in our history; almost every aspect of daily life was influenced in some way. There were numerous signs economic and socio-economic changes that exhibited unprecedented and sustained growth by new chemical manufacturing and iron production processes. This sustained growth was attained mostly through the innovation and industrialization of ‘technological’ modernization as it set forth the foundation to the continuation and growth of newer processes. Robert Pool, the author of Beyond Engineering, How society Shapes Technology, examines how society has shaped technology – divergent to what many would surmise. Pool discusses how we have long recognized technology as a driving force behind much historical and cultural change, understandably so. The invention of the printing press initiated the Reformation. The development of the compass ushered in the Age of Exploration and the discovery of the New World. The cotton gin created the conditions that led to the Civil War. Pool illuminates the complex interplay between machines and society since the Industrial Revolution. Finding that by innovation becomes the direct output of economic growth as well as societal opportunity. However, in this text he writes, ‘The plow, the cotton gin, even the light bulb – these are simple devices. Not matter how much they are changed and
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