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Unbound: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human and Brought Our World to the Brink

Unbound: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human and Brought Our World to the Brink


作者  /  Richard L. Currier

譯者  /  Tom Gjelten/ FW

出版社 / ARCADE Publishing

出版日期 / 2017/08/08

商品語言 / 英文

裝訂 / 平裝

定價 / NT$665

售價 / 9折, NT$ 599

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*A Wall Street Journal Bestseller*

Like Guns, Germs, and Steel, a work of breathtaking sweep and originality that reinterprets the human story.

Although we usually think of technology as something unique to modern times, our ancestors began to create the first technologies millions of years ago in the form of prehistoric tools and weapons. Over time, eight key technologies gradually freed us from the limitations of our animal origins.

The fabrication of weapons, the mastery of fire, and the technologies of clothing and shelter radically restructured the human body, enabling us to walk upright, shed our body hair, and migrate out of tropical Africa. Symbolic communication transformed human evolution from a slow biological process into a fast cultural process. The invention of agriculture revolutionized the relationship between humanity and the environment, and the technologies of interaction led to the birth of civilization. Precision machinery spawned the industrial revolution and the rise of nation-states; and in the next metamorphosis, digital technologies may well unite all of humanity for the benefit of future generations.

Synthesizing the findings of primatology, paleontology, archeology, history, and anthropology, Richard Currier reinterprets and retells the modern narrative of human evolution that began with the discovery of Lucy and other Australopithecus fossils. But the same forces that allowed us to integrate technology into every aspect of our daily lives have also brought us to the brink of planetary catastrophe. Unbound explains both how we got here and how human society must be transformed again to achieve a sustainable future.

Technology: “The deliberate modification of any natural object or substance with forethought to achieve a specific end or to serve a specific purpose.”







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誠品26碼 /2681496083005
ISBN 13 /9781628727524
ISBN 10 /1628727527
EAN /9781628727524

頁數424
尺寸22.9X15.2CM
裝訂平裝
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語言英文
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