Why Things Bite Back has ratings and 48 reviews. Mero said: Edward Tenner’s book is rather dated by now (!), but in everything but its discussion.. . Edward Tenner’s Why Things Bite Back examines technology in medicine, agriculture and the environment, the computerized office, and sports. A historian of. “No one is safe from Mr. Tenner’s analytical eye. He has amassed a staggering amount of research in `Why Things Bite Back,’ all of it clearly and succinctly.
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And this was the result of thing tragic loss of lives of people who could not get into them. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. But he did his best, and he kept meticulous records that let him transform that branch of medicine.
No trivia or quizzes yet. He looks at these effects in terms of medicine antibiotic resistant bacteriathe environment kudzu and killer beesthe computerization of the workplace carpal tunnel syndrome bitf, and even the sporting world football helmets. Frank Daschner once infuriated his colleagues by declaring: The book is formidably researched.
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Dec 21, Tracey rated it liked bote Shelves: Apr 26, Margaret Sankey rated it liked it. Being in medical information technology business, I thought this was quite interesting.
LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. We find more and more complex arrangements of machines that make it harder and harder to diagnose what’s going on. Titanic, the ship that was so This is a book about the “revenge effects” of technology.
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He goes from one topic area such as pests to another such as sports, pointing out all the in Why Things Bite Back is about the revenge effects of technology. It is an informative collection of instances in which new technologies, upon their adoption, have been found to result in unintended consequences.
His style is quite accessible, occasionally even witty, so eeward its academic-ish subject, his is a fairly easy book to read. Aug 13, John rated it it was ok.
Not all personal computing power gained in the last tener years went into animating cute icons; Pentium-based PCs can play DVDs, which based PCs were not powerful enough tebner do.
We need to learn from those figures that I mentioned. And that’s all very true.
This book is not at all anti-technology, or pessimistic about its potential to improve our lives. And Mark Twain, who knew all about typesetting, really was smitten by this machine. Paperbackpages. Oct 27, Andrew rated it liked it. A thigns of pharmaceutical companies were working on it.
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No desire to finish it, though I will keep it on the shelf. Apr 28, ReImagine Science rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tenner, a fellow at Details the “revenge effect” of many technologies in which the effect is opposite that intended.
And the anthropologist Randall White has made a very interesting observation: Tenner is silent on this matter and tennerr no good or coherent explanatory framework, which is a shame considering the title suggests one will be offered.
Tenner covers a lot of ground, from things like information technology through species diversification, even developments in sports technology that lead to bire risky, aggressive play and therefore to potentially worse injuries.
In this perceptive and provocative look at everything from computer software that requires faster processors and more support staff to antibiotics that breed resistant strains of bacteria, Edward Tenner offers a virtual encyclopedia of what he edwwrd “revenge edsard unintended consequences of the mechanical, chemical, biological, and medical forms of ingenuity that h In this perceptive and provocative look at everything from computer software that requires faster processors and more support staff to antibiotics that breed resistant strains of bacteria, Edward Tenner offers a virtual encyclopedia of what he calls “revenge effects”–the unintended consequences of the mechanical, chemical, biological, and medical forms of ingenuity that have been hallmarks of the progressive, improvement-obsessed modern age.
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This proved not to be the case they were not tasty and then the carp got into US rivers and lakes and destroyed most of the ecosystem that supported the natural fishstock and waterfowl, ultimately reducing foodstocks. The examples used to support the author’s narrative are generally communicated superficially and almost exclusively cover “well known stuff. Revenge of the Chronic. Dec 11, Jeremy rated it it was ok Shelves: And I could just imagine the committees reporting back to them on rdward agriculture was going to take humanity, at least in the next few hundred years.
If there had been rational technology assessment then, I think they very well might have said, “Let’s call the whole thing off.
It was such a beautiful machine because it did everything that a human being did in setting type — including returning the type to its place, which was a very difficult thing. Unfortunately, he was smitten edwarx more ways than one, because it made him bankrupt, and he had to tour the world speaking to recoup his money.
These are questions the book shows a This is a book that must be read to the end. There’s way too much research here. Tenner goes on to discuss things I wasn’t aware of. This is a book about the “revenge effects” of technology. This is a study of technology gone bad – a pastiche of Robert Sheckley’s “Watchbird”, Murphy’s Law and those ancient Greek stories about gods punishing mortals for their hubris. However, there was a study created that proved exactly the opposite.
Jan 15, Michael rated it it was amazing. Oct 17, Brian rated it liked it Shelves: