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The Dynamics of Technology
Creation and Diffusion of Skills and Knowledge

Edited by:
  • Roddam Narasimha - National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, India
  • J Srinivasan - Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India
  • S K Biswas - Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India


November 2003 | 276 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
`This is a good book for a general reader to understand the inter-relationship between science, technology and society and particularly the contribution made by engineers towards technology development' - Technovation

This volume, a collection of 10 essays by leading practitioners from both east and west, shows how technology, which has become a major force in our lives today, is itself like a powerful engine. The creation and maintenance of this engine depends on engineers, on ideas from science, research and development, on the pressures and constraints of the market place and national security, on the skills and knowledge of manpower and on the financial resources that banks, governments and other institutions can command and provide.

This book does not expound any one point of view. Rather, it tries to understand how the engine of technology works, how it is a complex system whose working is shaped by political, economic, social and cultural forces and in turn shapes them.


Ian Inkster
Technology in History
Case Studies and Concepts Circa 1700-2000  
Hiroshi Sato
Transplanting Technology
Two Episodes in Japanese History  
R Narasimha
Science, Technology and Society
A Tale about Rocket Development During 1750-1850  
Robert Cahn
Challenge, Response and Serendipity in the Design of Materials
K Balasubramanian and P Rama Rao
The Science and Art of Processing Materials
Sir Hugh Ford
Energy and Economics in a Consumer Society
Ashok Ganguly
R&D in Industry
Arnold Pacey
Ideas and Idealism in Technology
Hans W Liepmann
Thoughts on Engineering Education
Kenneth Keniston
Can the Cultures of India Survive the Information Age?

`This is a good book for a general reader to understand the inter-relationship between science, technology and society and particularly the contribution made by engineers towards technology development' - Technovation

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ISBN: 9780761996705
$81.00