History 408  History of American Science and Technology

Reading Worksheet


From Inventors to Technological Systems

Hughes Intro-chapter 4 (pp. 1-183)


Date:                                                                Name:

1. What¡¯s new and striking to you in these chapter?





2. What does Hughes mean by ¡°American genesis¡±?





3. How does Hughes define a ¡°technological system¡±?  Can you think of a technological system around you that fits his definition?





4. Who were some of the major inventors in the late 19th century and what did they invent?  Can you think of some of their counterparts today?






5. What are some of the differences between the independent inventors and industrial scientists?





6. How was the military involved in the era of invention?




7. Do you find the readings helpful? Questions and comments?  Any relevant news item or website?