Tags » History Of Technology

A Quick History of Door Knobs: Arrg Headphones

The door knob came around sometime during the Qin Dynasty. The emperors sick of drafty doors being held by string put their best engineers to work. 467 more words

Fake History

Making Digital History: 13 Books and Articles about Computers and Society

Since electronic computers were declassified at the end of World War II, journalists, social theorists, and ordinary people have speculated about the ways these devices would change their lives, the way they worked, and the ways that companies and governments would make decisions. 447 more words


Seismic Japan and When the Earth Roars: An Interview

In two recent books, Greg Smits offers a history of earthquakes and seismology in Japan that creates a wonderful dialogue between history and the sciences. They’re books for anyone with an interest in the history of disaster, of the context of Fukushima, and of modern Japan, and we talked about both of them here.


First time a man stepped on the moon

When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957, the United States was surprised to find themselves behind in the race to space. Still behind the Soviets in the Space Race four years later, President John F. 71 more words

History Of Technology

Forensic DNA Analysis

You probably can’t remember a time when DNA and crime solving didn’t go together. But the technology to do “DNA fingerprinting” didn’t even exist until the early 1980’s! 82 more words

History Of Technology

Evolution of computers

The computer was born not for entertainment or email but out of a need to solve a serious number-crunching crisis. By 1880 the U.S. population had grown so large that it took more than seven years to tabulate the U.S. 76 more words

History Of Technology

Review of the annual conference of the International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC), Brasov, Romania, 29 July-August 2014

By Adrian James Kirwan

The International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) was formed in 1968 as a forum for scholars of technology from both sides of the ‘Iron Curtain’. 560 more words

Society And Technology