Aramis, or the Love of Technology by Bruno Latour

By Bruno Latour

Bruno Latour has written a distinct and beautiful story of a technological dream long past flawed. because the younger engineer and professor stick with Aramis' trail--conducting interviews, studying records, assessing the evidence--perspectives retain transferring: actually published as multilayered, unascertainable, comprising an array of chances beneficial of Rashomon. The reader is ultimately resulted in see the venture from the perspective of Aramis, and alongside the best way earnings perception into the connection among people and their technological creations. This fascinating and profound booklet, half novel and half sociological examine, is Latour at his thought-provoking most sensible.

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Aramis died-in 1 987-and its accusers claim that it was nonviable from the beginning, from 1 970. No: Aramis was termi nated i n 1 970, and the explanation makers were kicking a dead horse when they clai med that it hadn't been feasible from the start and that they themselves had been saying so all along . Blessed are the lesson givers, for they will a lways be right-afterward . . Don't ask them for immediate opinions on the Con· corde, or the future of computers, or aerotrains, or superconductivity, or telephones.

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