By John Burnham
Technology calls for uniformity from people who come across it. humans encountering expertise, in spite of the fact that, vary from each other. Thinkers within the early 20th century, staring at the bleak results of interactions among people and machines—death via autos or dismemberment via manufacturing unit equipment, for example—developed the assumption of coincidence proneness: the tendency of a specific individual to have extra injuries than most folks. In tracing this idea from its delivery to its disappearance on the finish of the 20th century, Accident Prone bargains a special historical past of know-how concentrated no longer on strategies yet on their accidental consequences.
Here, John C. Burnham exhibits that because the desktop period advanced, the actual and monetary influence of injuries coevolved with the increase of the coverage and traits in twentieth-century psychology. After international battle I, psychologists decided that a few everyone is extra twist of fate companies than others. This designation signaled a shift in social method towards minimizing injuries via diverting specific humans clear of harmful environments. by means of the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, even if, the assumption of coincidence proneness steadily declined, and engineers built new applied sciences to guard each person, thereby introducing a hidden, yet radical, egalitarianism.
mendacity on the intersection of the historical past of know-how, the historical past of drugs and psychology, and environmental background, Accident Prone is an bold highbrow research of the delivery, progress, and decline of an idea that may curiosity an individual who needs to appreciate how Western societies have grappled with the human expenses of recent life.
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