Technology today is often presented as our best hope of solving the world's social and sustainability problems. And that's nothing new: engineers have always sought to meet the big challenges of their times-even as those challenges have shaped their technology. This book offers a historical look at those interactions between engineering and social challenges, showing how engineers developed solutions to past problems, and looking at the ways that those solutions often bring with them unintended consequences that themselves require solving.
Erik van der Vleuten is professor of history of technology at the Eindhoven University of Technology and scientific director of the Foundation for the History of Technology.
Ruth Oldenziel is associate professor of gender studies at the University of Amsterdam.
Mila Davids is assistant professor of history of technology at Eindhoven University of Technology.