By John Burnham
Technology calls for uniformity from humans who stumble upon it. humans encountering know-how, even though, fluctuate from each other. Thinkers within the early 20th century, looking at the bleak results of interactions among people and machines—death through cars or dismemberment by means of manufacturing facility equipment, for example—developed the assumption of coincidence proneness: the tendency of a selected individual to have extra injuries than most folk. In tracing this idea from its start to its disappearance on the finish of the 20 th century, Accident Prone deals a distinct heritage of expertise centred now not on thoughts yet on their accidental consequences.
Here, John C. Burnham exhibits that because the desktop period advanced, the actual and fiscal influence of injuries coevolved with the increase of the coverage and tendencies in twentieth-century psychology. After international warfare I, psychologists made up our minds that a few individuals are extra twist of fate companies than others. This designation signaled a shift in social method towards minimizing injuries through diverting specific humans clear of risky environments. via the Sixties and Seventies, although, the belief of twist of fate proneness progressively declined, and engineers constructed new applied sciences to guard everybody, thereby introducing a hidden, yet radical, egalitarianism.
mendacity on the intersection of the heritage of know-how, the background of medication and psychology, and environmental historical past, Accident Prone is an formidable highbrow research of the start, progress, and decline of an concept that would curiosity someone who needs to appreciate how Western societies have grappled with the human expenditures of contemporary life.
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Accident Prone: A History of Technology, Psychology, and Misfits of the Machine Age by John Burnham