By John Burnham
Technology calls for uniformity from humans who come upon it. humans encountering expertise, although, fluctuate from each other. Thinkers within the early 20th century, gazing the grim outcomes of interactions among people and machines—death through vehicles or dismemberment by way of manufacturing unit equipment, for example—developed the assumption of twist of fate proneness: the tendency of a specific individual to have extra injuries than most folk. In tracing this idea from its beginning to its disappearance on the finish of the 20th century, Accident Prone deals a special historical past of know-how targeted no longer on recommendations yet on their unintentional consequences.
Here, John C. Burnham indicates that because the desktop period advanced, the actual and financial impression of injuries coevolved with the increase of the coverage and tendencies in twentieth-century psychology. After international battle I, psychologists made up our minds that a few everyone is extra coincidence companies than others. This designation signaled a shift in social method towards minimizing injuries by way of diverting specific humans clear of harmful environments. through the Sixties and Seventies, even though, the belief of twist of fate proneness steadily declined, and engineers built new applied sciences to guard every person, thereby introducing a hidden, yet radical, egalitarianism.
mendacity on the intersection of the background of know-how, the historical past of drugs and psychology, and environmental heritage, Accident Prone is an formidable highbrow research of the beginning, progress, and decline of an concept that may curiosity a person who needs to appreciate how Western societies have grappled with the human charges of recent life.
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Accident Prone: A History of Technology, Psychology, and Misfits of the Machine Age by John Burnham