"David Nye always has something interesting and suggestive tosay about the role of technology in American culture and society.American Technological Sublime is...a book that can beprofitably and enjoyably read by specialists and general readersalike. It is an estimable piece of historical interpretationand writing and deserves a wide readership." David Nasaw, Boston Globe
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 Emeritus of American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. His other books published by the MIT Press includeElectrifying America and American Technological Sublime. He was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Medal in 2005 and was knighted by the Queen of Denmark in 2013.
Americans have a unique relationship to all levels of technology, one that has also changed over time. Nye (Electrifying America, MIT Pr., 1990) explores this "technological sublime" in a history of technology based not in engineering but as one "concerned with the social context of technology." Chapters cover specific technologies, for example, bridges or the atomic bomb. Nye's insightful use of Fourth of July celebrations, world's fairs, and centenaries is particularly effective. The concluding chapter, "Consumer's Sublime," indicates that our technological relationship is headed in a new direction. Skillfully written and easily read, this is recommended for all collections and is essential for history of science collections.-Michael D. Cramer, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. & State Univ. Libs., Blacksburg
David Nye always has something interesting and suggestive to say about the role of technology in American culture and society. American Technological Sublime is...a book that can be profitably and enjoyably read by specialists and general readersalike. It is an estimable piece of historical interpretation and writing and deserves a wide readership.-David Nasaw, Boston Globe