Contrary to what is still widely believed, the history of technology is not simply the history of inventors or of artifacts, nor is it the history of the immanent reconstruction of technical developments. Rather, it describes and analyses the development, diffusion and use of technology. In a nutshell, it describes technological change, and how that change relates to political, economic, social and cultural developments.
Life without technology is not possible. Modernity in particular is essentially shaped by technology. The history of technology examines, among others, change brought about by technology in the world of work, in communication, or the importance of emotions for man’s acceptance or his/her use of technology – to mention only a few examples. Thus, the history of technology contributes to the understanding of our current technological culture.
Professor for History of Technology: Prof. Dr. Mikael Hård