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The Economist names Triumph of the Human Empire by Rosalind Williams as one of best books of 2013
 

 


                        "A magnificent attempt to recapture the sense, so prevalent
                         at the end of the 19th century, that the world was finished,
                         explored and done. The responses of the three creative men
                         on whom Rosalind Williams focuses have strong resonances
                         for anyone who worries about today’s Anthropocene era."
 
                                                   
— The Economist 

 


 

THE ECONOMIST MAGAZINE has named The Triumph of Human Empire: Verne, Morris and Stevenson at the End of the World (University of Chicago Press), by Rosalind H. Williams, one of the best books of 2013.

Williams is the Bern Dibner Professor of the History of Science and Technology in MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS).   In The Triumph of Human Empire, she explores the turning point in history and technology when human endeavors began to dominate the planet like never before, through the lives and works of three writers from the late 1800s.

The Economist calls Williams' work "A magnificent attempt to recapture the sense, so prevalent at the end of the 19th century, that the world was finished, explored and done. The responses of the three creative men on whom Rosalind Williams focuses have strong resonances for anyone who worries about today’s Anthropocene era."

Earlier this year, Williams also received the Leonardo da Vinci Medal from the Society for the History of Technology, a lifetime achievement award for her outstanding contribution to the history of technology through research, teaching, publications, and other activities.  

 

 


Suggested Links

Rosalind Williams | STS Webpage

The Economist | The Triumph of Human Empire

Rosalind Williams on The Triumph of Human Empire

The Triumph of Human Empire | MIT News

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