The 19th Century was a period of tremendous change in the daily lives of the average Americans. Never before had such change occurred so rapidly or and had affected such a broad range of people. And these changes were primarily a result of tremendous advances in science and technology. Many of the technologies that play such an central role in our daily life today were first invented during this great period of innovation―everything from the railroad to the telephone. These inventions were instrumental in the social and cultural developments of the time. The Civil War, Westward Expansion, the expansion and fall of slave culture, the rise of the working and middle classes and changes in gender roles―none of these would have occurred as they did had it not been for the science and technology of the time.
Science and Technology in Nineteenth-Century America chronicles this relationship between science and technology and the revolutions in the lives of everyday Americans. The volume includes a discussion of:
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Demonstrates how science and technology played a central role in the growth of the United States during the 19th centuryAbout the Author:
Todd Timmons teaches mathematics, history of mathematics, and history of science at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. His professional interests include the history of American science and American mathematics.
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