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Technological Innovation as an Evolutionary Process

Technological Innovation as an Evolutionary Process

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John Ziman, Eva Jablonka, Joel Mokyr, Richard Nelson, Alan Macfarlane, Sarah Harrison, Gerry Martin, David Turnbull, Paul A. David, W. Bernard Carlson, David Perkins, Walter G. Vincenti, Joan Solomon, Geoffrey Miller, Edward W. Constant II, Rikard Stankiewicz, James Fleck, Gerard Fairclough, Janet Davies Burns
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  • Date Published: September 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521542173

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  • Technological artefacts and biological organisms 'evolve' by very similar processes of blind variation and selective retention. This analogy is explored systematically, for the first time, by a team of international experts from evolutionary biology, history and sociology of science and technology, cognitive and computer science, economics, psychology, education, cultural anthropology and research management. Do technological 'memes' play the role of genes? In what sense are novel inventions 'blind'? Does the element of design make them 'Lamarckian' rather than 'Darwinian'? Is the recombination of ideas the essence of technological creativity? Can invention be simulated computationally? What are the entities that actually evolve - artefacts, ideas or organisations? These are only some of the many questions stimulated and partially answered by this powerful metaphor. With its practical demonstration of the explanatory potential of 'evolutionary reasoning' in a well-defined context, this book is a ground-breaking contribution to every discipline concerned with cultural change.

    • A novel, interesting and fertile theme, explored systematically in depth
    • Contributions from a multi-disciplinary team of the world's leading experts
    • An integrated, coherent text, in non-specialist language
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    '… an important and novel contribution to the development of evolutionary theory …'. Research Policy

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    • Date Published: September 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521542173
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 187 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • contains: 41 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Evolutionary Thinking:
    1. Evolutionary models for technological change John Ziman
    2. Biological evolution: processes and phenomena Eva Jablonka and John Ziman
    3. Lamarckian inheritance systems in biology: a source of metaphors and models in technological evolution Eva Jablonka
    4. Selectionism and complexity John Ziman
    5. Evolutionary phenomena in technological change Joel Mokyr
    6. Selection criteria and selection processes in cultural evolution theories Richard Nelson
    Part II. Innovation as a Cultural Practice:
    7. Technological evolution and involution
    a preliminary comparison of Europe and Japan Alan Macfarlane and Sarah Harrison
    8. Stasis in complex artefacts Gerry Martin
    9. Gothic tales of spandrels, hooks, and monsters: complexity, multiplicity and association in the explanation of technological change David Turnbull
    10. Path dependence and varieties of learning in the evolution of technological practice Paul A. David
    Part III. Invention as a Process:
    11. Invention and evolution: the case of Edison's sketches of the telephone W. Bernard Carlson
    12. The evolution of adaptive form David Perkins
    13. Real-world variation-selection in the volution of technological form: historical examples Walter G. Vincenti
    14. Learning to be inventive: design, evaluation and selection in primary school technology Joan Solomon
    15. Technological evolution as self-fulfilling prophecy Geoffrey Miller
    Part IV. Institutionalized Innovation:
    16. Recursive practice and the evolution of technological knowledge Edward W. Constant II
    17. The concept of 'design space' Rikard Stankiewicz
    18. Artefact<->activity: the co-evolution of artefacts, knowledge and organization in technological innovation James Fleck
    19. The organization of innovative enterprises Gerard Fairclough
    Part V. Technological Change in a Wider Perspective:
    20. The evolution of war and technology Edward W. Constant II
    21. Learning about technology in society: developing liberating literacy Janet Davies Burns
    22. An end-word
    contributors
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    John Ziman, University of Bristol

    Contributors

    John Ziman, Eva Jablonka, Joel Mokyr, Richard Nelson, Alan Macfarlane, Sarah Harrison, Gerry Martin, David Turnbull, Paul A. David, W. Bernard Carlson, David Perkins, Walter G. Vincenti, Joan Solomon, Geoffrey Miller, Edward W. Constant II, Rikard Stankiewicz, James Fleck, Gerard Fairclough, Janet Davies Burns

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