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  Volume 52, Number 1, January 2011

Table of Contents

Editor's Note

Accepting the Baton

pp. 1-5


Historians of Technology in the Real World: Reflections on the Pursuit of Policy-Oriented History

pp. 6-20


Peter Lund Simmonds and the Political Ecology of Waste Utilization in Victorian Britain

pp. 21-44

From Death Rays to Light Sabers: Making Laser Weapons Surgically Precise

pp. 45-74

Building the First Gas Network, 1812-1820

pp. 75-102

Research Note

Recapitalizing the Fleet: A Material Analysis of Late-Nineteenth-Century U.S. Naval Power

pp. 103-126

On the Cover

Everette Lee DeGolyer and Geology Students Mapping in the Arbuckle Mountains, Oklahoma, 1905

pp. 127-130

Presidential Address

The Trail from Trail: New Challenges for Historians of Technology

pp. 131-142

Organizational Notes


pp. 143-158

The Tacoma Meeting, 30 September-3 October 2010

pp. 159-170

Exhibit Review

The Ruhr Museum at the Zollverein Colliery in Essen, Germany

pp. 171-179

Book Reviews

Cotton, Climate, and Camels in Early Islamic Iran: A Moment in World History (review)

pp. 180-181

Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate (review)

pp. 182-183

The Human Footprint: A Global Environmental History (review)

pp. 183-185

Alchemy and Authority in the Holy Roman Empire (review)

pp. 185-187

Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (review)

pp. 187-188

Notes from the Ground: Science, Soil, and Society in the American Countryside (review)

pp. 188-190

The Untilled Garden: Natural History and the Spirit of Conservation in America, 1740-1840 (review)

pp. 190-191

Hedonizing Technologies: Paths to Pleasure in Hobbies and Leisure (review)

pp. 192-193

Louder than Words: Ways of Seeing Women Workers in Eighteenth-Century France (review)

pp. 193-195

Gender, Work and Wages in Industrial Revolution Britain (review)

pp. 195-196

The Market Revolution in America: Liberty, Ambition, and the Eclipse of the Common Good (review)

pp. 197-198

Waterpower in Lowell: Engineering and Industry in Nineteenth-Century America (review)

pp. 199-200

The Fragile Fabric of Union: Cotton, Federal Politics, and the Global Origins of the Civil War (review)

pp. 201-202

American Abyss: Savagery and Civilization in the Age of Industry (review)

pp. 202-204

Roots of Steel: Boom and Bust in an American Steel Town (review)

pp. 204-205

Metal Fatigue: American Bosch and the Demise of Metalworking in the Connecticut River Valley (review)

pp. 206-207

At the Altar of the Bottom Line: The Degradation of Work in the 21st Century (review)

pp. 207-208

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work (review)

pp. 209-210

The Globalization of Food (review)

pp. 210-211

A Tenth of a Second: A History (review)

pp. 212-213

The Speed Handbook: Velocity, Pleasure, Modernism (review)

pp. 213-215

Driving Germany: The Landscape of the German Autobahn, 1930-1970 (review)

pp. 215-216

Driving Spaces: A Cultural-Historical Geography of England's M1 Motorway (review)

pp. 217-218

From Birdwomen to Skygirls: American Girls' Aviation Stories (review)

pp. 218-220

Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender (review)

pp. 220-221

Cold War on the Home Front: The Soft Power of Midcentury Design (review)

pp. 221-223

Designing Modern Germany (review)

pp. 223-224

CT Suite: The Work of Diagnosis in the Age of Noninvasive Cutting (review)

pp. 225-226

Making Virtual Worlds: Linden Lab and Second Life (review)

pp. 226-228

Scientific Cultures, Technological Challenges: A Transatlantic Perspective (review)

pp. 228-229


To the Editor

pp. 230-232

Response to Misa

p. 232