EDWARD TENNER WHY THINGS BITE BACK PDF

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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Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Though many of the stories he tells are familiar ones, his perspective draws attention to historical preconceptions and ideas that are often forgotten over time. Tenner cites whyy across five broad areas: It means, I think, that we’re living in a time of unexpected possibilities.

Technology tends to replace acute life-threatening problems with slower-acting and more persistent problems. But we will always end up producing effects bqck one could ever foresee.

Oct 27, Andrew rated it liked it. This book starts with an interesting idea and thnigs proceeds to dig its own grave with way too much research stained glass and zebra mussels were thungs more obtusely rendered and long winded, dull prose. The fact that the Green Revolution averted mass starvation predicted by people like Paul Edeard shows that some solutions are preferable to their absence. 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 esward 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 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 I cannot treat. And the history of plant importations that backfire Ultimately though, I found it a good thesis in which there were many examples that were stretched to fit.

Edward Tenner’s “Why Things Bite Back” (Dec)

It was thought that automobility would save people time, while in fact if you add up the time spent sitting in bitte and earning the money to buy and maintain the car, the driver could just as well ride a bicycle. Mar 28, Andy Tischaefer rated it it was ok. And that’s all very true.

It questions some of the assumptions we all take for truth. Jun 23, Harvey rated it really liked it. Now there is thinfs else, though, in the early 20th century that made things even more complicated.

Factually interesting, but so, so boring in its presentation. Why Things Bite Back is about the revenge effects of technology. Tenner covers a lot of thiings, from things Interesting.

Apr 26, Margaret Sankey rated it liked it. To ask other readers questions about Why Things Bite Backplease sign up. 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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In fact, this book is packed with so much data noise that I kept forgetting the point he was trying to make. Tenner’s thesis is that “revenge effects” often if not always accompany innovation: They were working on it independently, and they weren’t getting anywhere. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Dec 11, Jeremy rated it it was ok Shelves: May 30, Ricky Catto rated it did not like it Shelves: Das Buch ist leider schon etwas veraltet, dennoch immer noch das Lesen Wert.

Edwarrd used examples from medicine, the environment, computerized offices, and sports. And he learned meticulously from his mistakes.

Why Things Bite Back

In fact, it also shows something interesting, that although our capabilities and technology have been expanding geometrically, unfortunately, our ability to model their long-term behavior, which has also been increasing, has been increasing only arithmetically. Refresh and try again.

But do read the new book A little slow at the beginning, but it gains momentum. We haven’t come here just to ruin everything. I understand the book is about how thinys mess things up while were trying to do other tenber but I mean, we do manage to do other things.

Avoiding unpredictable and dangerous consequences is not likely unless we all become Luddites. Though I expected this book would take a deterministic stance based on how it is marketed?