Tuesday, October 20, 2009

BOOKS ON SCIENCE - John Markoff - Rethinking What Leads the Way - Science, or New Technology? - NYTimes.com

An excerpt from a review of what appears to be a very timely book:

The popular view is that technology is the handmaiden of science — less pure, more commercial. But in “The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves,” W. Brian Arthur, an economist, reframes the relationship between science and technology as part of an effort to come up with a comprehensive theory of innovation. In Dr. Arthur’s view, the relationship between science and technology is more symbiotic than is generally conceded. Science and technology move forward together in a kind of co-evolution. And science does not lead.

“What I began to realize as I got into the project is that everything emerges out of technology,” Dr. Arthur said in a recent interview. “It’s technology that gives rise to both modern science and the economy, and we tend to think of it in reverse — that science gives rise to technology and the economy gives rise to technology. But technology is more fundamental than either one.”

BOOKS ON SCIENCE - John Markoff - Rethinking What Leads the Way - Science, or New Technology? - NYTimes.com

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