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Men, Machines, and Modern Times

Elting E. Morison


People have had trouble adapting to new technology ever since (perhaps) the inventor of the wheel had to explain that a wheelbarrow could carry more than a person. This little book describes how we learn to live and work with innovation. It considers, among other things, the three stages of users' resistance to change: ignoring it, rational rebuttal, and name-calling. It recounts the illustrative anecdote of the World War II artillerymen who stood still to hold the horses despite the fact that the guns were now hitched to trucks—reassuring those of us who have trouble with a new interface or a ... More

Keywords: technology, innovation, resistance to change, bureaucracy, paper work, computers, steamship, Bessemer steel process, U.S. Navy, World War II

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262529310
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262529310.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elting E. Morison, author