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Boorstin – Getting There First

Technology during the late 18thcentury into the 19thcentury was developed to be a technology of haste. American’s thought of technological development like a Nascar driver in a race. It was important to get there first and fast.     “ If you ain’t first, you’re last.” – Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights       …

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Gies’ “Triumphs & Failures of Ancient Technology”

The Roman civilization achieved an advanced level of technological knowledge that was inherited form technological innovations of the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages. These inherited technologies include: Egyptian stonemasonry techniques, sailing techniques, variations to the Phoenicia mariner-merchant’s alphabet, agricultural tools and techniques, mining technology, iron metallurgy, handicraft production, glass manufacturing, and building construction (such as …

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