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Encyclopedia of 20th-Century Technology

1st Edition

Edited by Colin Hempstead, William Worthington


992 pages | 203 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2004-11-17
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Comprising 395 essays arranged alphabetically, mostly on individual objects, artefacts, techniques, and products, this is an up-to-date work of reference for all those involved in teaching or researching the history of twentieth-century technology.

For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Encycloped ia of 20th-Century Technology website.


"…ambitious resource." -- School Library Journal

"The editors declare a "humanistic" intention, emphasizing interactions between people and the technologies they use; the contributors strike a balance between pure science or engineering and the social and economic results of technological development… Students enrolled in history of technology will find this encyclopedia helpful as a compact reference source and a gold mine for research topicsHighly recommended." -- Choice

"Of use to the undergraduate student and general reader, this reference contains descriptive and historical entries on the broad theme of 20th-century technology." -- SciTech Book News

"International in scope… Recommended without reservation for academic as well as public libraries." -- Reference & User Services Quarterly

"It is refreshing to learn that an encyclopedic two-volume handbook could attract technology junkies in these days of unfettered internet usage. This is a reference source worth the money." -- American Reference Books Annual

About the Editors

Colin Hempstead is a former reader in the History of Science and Technology, University of Teesside (UK) and the former chairman of the History of Technology Committee of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (UK). William Worthington is the former curator of the history of technology at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
REFERENCE / Encyclopedias
SCIENCE / History