By John Burnham
Technology calls for uniformity from humans who come across it. humans encountering expertise, even if, vary from each other. Thinkers within the early 20th century, watching the grim effects of interactions among people and machines—death by way of vehicles or dismemberment by way of manufacturing facility equipment, for example—developed the belief of coincidence proneness: the tendency of a specific individual to have extra injuries than most folk. In tracing this idea from its delivery to its disappearance on the finish of the 20 th century, Accident Prone deals a distinct historical past of know-how targeted no longer on ideas yet on their accidental consequences.
Here, John C. Burnham indicates that because the computing device period advanced, the actual and financial influence of injuries coevolved with the increase of the assurance and traits in twentieth-century psychology. After international conflict I, psychologists decided that a few everyone is extra coincidence companies than others. This designation signaled a shift in social method towards minimizing injuries by means of diverting specific humans clear of harmful environments. via the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, in spite of the fact that, the assumption of twist of fate proneness progressively declined, and engineers constructed new applied sciences to guard everyone, thereby introducing a hidden, yet radical, egalitarianism.
mendacity on the intersection of the background of expertise, the historical past of drugs and psychology, and environmental historical past, Accident Prone is an formidable highbrow research of the delivery, development, and decline of an concept that might curiosity someone who needs to appreciate how Western societies have grappled with the human expenditures of recent life.
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Accident Prone: A History of Technology, Psychology, and Misfits of the Machine Age by John Burnham