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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the history of technology.


Six Superlative Sources

· Kenneth Flamm, Creating the Computer: Government, Industry, and High Technology (Brookings Institution, 1988). The federal government role in innovation and stimulation of information processing technology since 1945.

· Richard N. Langlois, "External Economics and Economic Progress: The Case of the Microcomputer Industry," Business History Review, Vol. 66, No. 1, Spring 1992. An excellent analysis of the emergence and diffusion of the microcomputer.

· Stuart W. Leslie, The Cold War and American Science (Columbia University Press, 1993). A study of the change in and effects of research and development in outstanding U.S. universities in response to the cold war.

· David F. Noble, "Command Performance: A Perspective on the Social and Economic Consequences of Military Enterprise," in Merritt Roe Smith, Military Enterprise and Technological Change: Perspectives on the American Experience (MIT Press, 1985). Noble has an excellent grasp of the way military groups have influenced the rise of new technologies and their leaning toward involvement with established groups and away from newcomers.

· Dan Schiller, Digital Capitalism: Networking the Global Market System (MIT Press, 1999). A remarkable study of the convergence of computing and communication issues in the marketplace.

· Steven W. Usselman, "Computer and Communications Technology," in Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century (Scribner's and Sons, 1996), Vol. II, pp. 799-829. An excellent review of developments in these two areas in the 20th century and their social impact.

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