Why Things Bite Back by Edward Tenner
Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences (Vintage)

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In this fascinating book, historian of science Edward Tenner takes a fine-toothed comb to several realms of technological intervention and discovers a resolute pattern of "revenge effects, "paradoxical, ironic consequences of the step s we take supposedly to improve our lives. Whether proliferating technology is fated to lead us to utopia, we can be certain that it has plenty of tricks up its sleeve.
 

About Edward Tenner

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Edward Tenner, former executive editor for physical science and history at Princeton University Press, holds a visiting research appointment in the Department of Geological and Geophysical Sciences at Princeton University. He received the A.B. from Princeton and the Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and has held visiting research positions at Rutgers University and the Institute for Advanced Study. In 1991-92 he was a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow and in 1995-96 is a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published May 7, 1996 by Knopf. 352 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Business & Economics, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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While Tenner claims to be neither pro- nor anti-technology, he often seems to press his thesis beyond useful limits, as in his observation that those who dwell near wooded areas must now be on guard against tick bites;

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An examination of technology's unforeseen--and often unpleasant--consequences, which PW called ""thought-provoking."" (July)

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Even when used to better the world, technology fosters unforeseen, often unpleasant consequences that Tenner calls ""revenge effects."" For example, air-conditioned subways raise platform temperatures by as much as 10 degrees F;

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Your fear of technology isn't irrational after all, according to Tenner, a geologist at Princeton University, whose new book shows how the best of scientific intentions can have disastrous consequences.

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