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  Volume 52, Number 2, April 2011

Table of Contents

Da Vinci Medal Address

How to Establish an Academic Discipline: A Swedish Experience

pp. 233-245


The Nature of Power: Synthesizing the History of Technology and Environmental History

pp. 246-259


Mobile Home Syndrome: Engineered Woods and the Making of a New Domestic Ecology in the Post–World War II Era

pp. 260-286

Spectacle and Witnessing: Constructing Readings of Charles Parsons’s Marine Turbine

pp. 287-309

The Catalyst Club: Contentious Chemistry and Confounding Innovation

pp. 310-334

Inside the Black Box

The Social History of the Bulbous Bow

pp. 335-359


David F. Noble, 22 July 1945 to 27 December 2010

pp. 360-372

Conference Report

Thirty-Seventh Symposium of the International Committee for the History of Technology: “Reusing the Industrial Past,” Tampere, Finland, 10–15 August 2010

pp. 373-379

Essay Reviews

Petroski’s Policy

pp. 380-384

Inventing Heroics: Frank Julian Sprague

pp. 385-388

Book Reviews

Obelisk: A History (review)

pp. 389-390

Compass and Rule: Architecture as Mathematical Practice in England 1500–1750 (review)

pp. 391-392

Glass Exchange between Europe and China, 1550–1800: Diplomatic, Mercantile, and Technological Interactions (review)

pp. 393-394

L’Aérostation au temps des Lumières (review)

pp. 394-396

Health and Medicine on Display: International Expositions in the United States, 1876–1904 (review)

pp. 396-397

Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel: The Gun that Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It (review)

pp. 397-399

Railroads in the African American Experience: A Photographic Journey (review)

pp. 399-400

Race, Rigor, and Selectivity in U.S. Engineering: The History of an Occupational Color Line (review)

pp. 401-402

Pursuing Power and Light: Technology and Physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein (review)

pp. 403-404

When the Lights Went Out: A History of Blackouts in America (review)

pp. 404-406

Popularizing Science and Technology in the European Periphery, 1800–2000 (review)

pp. 406-408

Red Cosmos: K. E. Tsiolkovskii, Grandfather of Soviet Rocketry (review)

pp. 408-410

Would Trotsky Wear a Blue Tooth? Technological Utopianism under Socialism, 1917–1989 (review)

pp. 410-411

The Adaptive Optics Revolution: A History (review)

pp. 412-413

Eyes in the Sky: Eisenhower, the CIA, and Cold War Aerial Espionage (review)

pp. 413-415

Plutonium: A History of the World’s Most Dangerous Element (review)

pp. 415-417

The Road to Yucca Mountain: The Development of Radioactive Waste Policy in the United States (review)

pp. 417-418

A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution (review)

pp. 418-420

Punch-Card Systems and the Early Information Explosion, 1880–1945 (review)

pp. 420-422

Communication Revolution: Critical Junctures and the Future of Media (review)

pp. 422-424

Digitale Landschaften (review)

pp. 424-425

Online a Lot of the Time: Ritual, Fetish, Sign (review)

pp. 426-427

We Are the Machine: The Computer, the Internet, and Information in Contemporary German Literature (review)

pp. 427-429

Hitting the Brakes: Engineering Design and the Production of Knowledge (review)

pp. 429-431

Velvet Revolution at the Synchrotron: Biology, Physics, and Change in Science (review)

pp. 431-432

No Dig, No Fly, No Go: How Maps Restrict and Control (review)

pp. 432-434

Between Reason and Experience: Essays in Technology and Modernity (review)

pp. 434-436

Nanoethics: Big Ethical Issues with Small Technology (review)

pp. 436-437


Letter to the Editor

pp. 438-439