Acknowledgments

From: Game Changer

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Acknowl­edgments Books often have convoluted origin stories. This book began some time back in the early 1990s on rural roads in central Illinois guarded by tall corn and much shorter soybeans. Thousands of miles of suffering in silence, through wind, rain, heat, and snow with the same small group of ­ people, gave me plenty of time to won­der about the world in unusual ways. Though it took many years to return to technology and sport, I have always been interested in the pair. At the conclusion of this writing, I have more intellectual debts than I can ever attempt to repay. Much of the book and most of my scholarly work seeks to think through Langdon Winner’s timeless question, do artifacts have politics? For me, his question has morphed into: (1) How do objects create social and cultural meaning for individuals and communities ? and (2) How do ­ people endow and embed social and cultural meaning within objects? His question is still fresh and exciting. Thanks, Langdon. I presented portions of this proj­ ect at a host of venues. A heartfelt thanks goes to the audiences at Boston University, Car­ ne­ gie Mellon University , the Chicago Humanities Festival, Cornell University, the IDSA Central District Design Conference, Kendall College of Art and Design, Morrisville State College, National University of Defense Technology (Changsha, China), Osaka City University (Osaka, Japan), Purdue University , Tsing­hua University (Beijing, China), University of California–­Berkeley, University of Illinois–­ Urbana-­ Champaign, and University of Michigan. Their engaged comments profoundly ­shaped this book, and I ­will be forever grateful. As I drafted this book, I have had the plea­sure to research and teach at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (science and technology studies), the University of Illinois (Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, History , and Information Trust Institute), and most recently Purdue University as director of the American Studies program in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. In each place, I found kind, generous, and thoughtful Acknowl­edgments viii students, faculty, and staff who made this entire endeavor pos­ si­ ble. I extend my deepest gratitude to you all. I have been fortunate to have supportive friends, colleagues, and­ family members spanning all parts of the globe. They have always embraced the perplexing questions I ask of the world. I am indebted to you all. Fi­ nally, I thank my wife, Sharra Vostral, and my son, Eads. They have both lived ­every word on each page. Their presence continually makes life extraordinarily beautiful. Thank you for your time and patience. Much love to you both. GAME CHANGER This page intentionally left blank ...


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Subject Headings

  • Sports -- Technological innovations.
  • Sports -- Physiological aspects.
  • Performance technology.
  • Doping in sports.
  • Sports sciences.
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