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- James Lanchester. 2017. The case against civilization. Sept 18, New Yorker Magazine.
- Ernst Schumacher. 1973. Small is beautiful: Economics as if people mattered. New York: Harper Colophon (‘Buddhist Economics‘).
- Alan Weisman. 2007. The World Without Us. NY: Picador (Chapter 9, ‘Polymers are Forever’). In Canvas.
Langdon Winner. 1986. The Whale and the Reactor. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (Chp 2, Do artifacts have politics?). In Canvas.
Elizabeth Kolbert. 2006. Field Notes from a Catastrophe. NY: Bloomsbury (chapter 6, ‘Floating Houses’). In Canvas.
- James Burke. 1985. A matter of fact: Printing Transforms Knowledge (Links to an external site.). From The Series ‘The Day the Universe Changed (BBC).
I know, it looks cheesy, until you think about one innovation–the printing press–and the changes it made possible.