Lecture Notes

The following table presents a selection of lecture outlines.

Lec # Topics LECTURE NOTES
1 Introduction
2 What is Technology? What is Technology? (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF)
3 Technologies of Colonization and Conquest Technology in Colonial America (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF)
4 Crafts and Craftsmanship in Early America Crafts and Craftsmanship in Early America (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF)

Discussion of Film The Gunsmith of Williamsburg (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF)
5 Paul Revere: Technologist?

Guest Speaker: Prof. Rob Martello (Olin College)
6 Politics and Early American Industrialization Technology and Nationalism, 1789-1825 (PDF)
7 The Role of the State in Early American Industry From Swords to Ploughshares: The Development of Interchangeable Parts, 1798-1850 (PDF)
8 Social and Political Implications of the New Technology Technology and Politics (PDF)
9 The Transportation and Communications Revolution

First Reading Quiz
'System/Order/Uniformity': Army Engineers and the Rise of Modern Management (PDF)
10 Art and Industrialization The Railroad as a Technological Symbol in American Art (PDF)
11 The Emerging Culture of Engineering in America
12 Technology in the Civil War Era Technology, Civil War, and the War's Larger Implications (PDF)
13 Technology in the Civil War Era (cont.)
14 Human Machines? Frederick W. Taylor and the Rise of Scientific Management
15 Automobility and Mass Production "Henry Ford and the Advent of Mass Production" (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF)
16 Second Reading Quiz
17 Mass Production
18 Hobbyist Worlds and Technological Enthusiasm in Modern America

Guest Speaker: Kieran Downes (MIT)
19 Aeronautics and the Systems Approach

Guest Speaker: Dr. Deborah Douglas (MIT Museum)
Guest lecture by Dr. Deborah Douglas, MIT Museum. (PDF) (Courtesy of Dr. Deborah Douglas. Used with permission.)
20 Technology and Art at the Apex of the Machine Age
21 World War II: A Technological Turning Point?

Guest Speaker: Dr. Brendan Foley (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute)
22 World War II: A Technological Turning Point? (cont.)
23 A New World: Technology in Cold War America
24 Computers and Control: The Apollo Program

Guest Speaker: Sandy Brown (MIT)
25 Nature's Revenge: Technology and the Environment
26 The Brave New World of Biotechnology

Guest Speaker: Victor McElheny (MIT Knight Fellows Program)