What is technology? Technology is the science and art of making and using things. Humans can turn the materials of the natural world into tools, and machines that help them to live. But...
Human technology is different: people are able to see new needs, find new ways of meeting them, and to recognise the value of accidental discoveries. Over the last few centuries, scientists have found out why certain materials and machines behave the way they do. This knowledge has been brought to bare to improve and even develop new materials. Scientists, engineers and designers now have a vast range of materials, methods and components they can use to realize their ideas ... and sophisticated computers helps them to fully realise these idea. But producing something that works well, costs little, and appeals to its users, remains a truly human art.
Bridgman, Roger 1995, Technology, Dorling Kindersley, London
Use the Library catalogue to quickly locate material on this topic:
On our shelves:
- Technology of the Industrial Revolution
- Who invented the automobile?
- Who invented the computer?
- Who split the atom?
Issues in Society:
- Nuclear energy debate. Vol. 337
- Our working future. Vol. 406
- Social impacts of digital media. Vol. 324
- Van Dulken, Stephen 2002, Inventing the 20th century: 100 inventions that shaped the world, The British Library, London.
From the World Book series: Inventions and Discoveries
- McEwan, Rebecca, 2009, Industry and manufacturing, World Book, Inc., Chicago, IL
- McEwan, Rebecca, 2009, Personal and household items, World Book, Inc., Chicago, IL
- Reifsnyder, Cheryl, 2009, Medicine, World Book, Inc., Chicago, IL
- Ellyard, David, 2005, Who discovered what when, Reed New Holland, Sydney, N.S.W.
- Lawton, Graham, 2016, The Origin of (Almost) everything, John Murray, London. A New Scientist publication with a foreword by Professor Stephen Hawking
- Ellyard, David, 2005, 'Mass production, motor cars and microchips: twentieth-century technology', Who discovered what when, Reed New Holland, Sydney, N.S.W. pp. 374-375.
- World Book, 2011, 'The History of inventions and discoveries' In Inventions and discoveries', World Book, Inc., Chicago, IL, pp. 56-61.
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- ABC News: Technology news
- Australasian Science - Issues: Barriers to technological development
- BBC: Technology
- Centre for Global Development: Technology and development
- CSIRO: Innovation and technology for the future
- National Museum of Australia: Science and technology
- Powerhouse Museum
- Smithsonian Global: Technology
- 1903: The aeroplane - Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Inventing a flying machine
- 1914: Model T-Ford - Encyclopaedia Britannica: Model T
- 1914: Electric traffic lights - Science ABC: The history and evolution of traffic lights
- 1928: Penicillin - Science History Institute: Alexander Fleming
- 1938: Ballpoint pen - Smithsonian Institute: The Story of Laszlo Biro, the man who invented the ballpoint pen
1945 - 1999
- 1947: Transistor - John Bardeen (1908-1991) - San Jose State University: History of the transistor
- 1952: Barcodes - Bernard Silver (1924-1963) & Norman Woodland (1921-2012) - Smithsonian: The History of the barcode
- 1952: Fibre optic cable - Tevelec: History of fibre optic cable
- 1954: Silicon solar cell - Bell Labs - The Invention of the solar cell
- 1954: Nuclear power plant - Interesting Engineering: Take a look inside the world's first nuclear power plant
- 1957: Sputnik 1: the first artificial earth satellite - NASA: Sputnik 1
- 1957: CAD - Computer-aided design - American Machinist: The CAD/CAM Hall of Fame
- 1958: Integrated circuit - Engineering and Technology History Wiki: Integrated circuits
- 1958: LEGO brick - LEGO history timeline
- 1963: First desktop photocopier - NPR: Happy birthday, copy machine! Happy birthday, copy machine!
- 1965: CDs - Optical Digital Recording - Digital Trends: The Life and Times of the late, great CD
- 1966: Electronic calculator - Smithsonian. The National Museum of American History: Electronic calculators - Handheld
- 1969: Apollo 11: ABC Central West, NSW: Remembering Australia's role in man landing on the moon
- 1969: ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) - LiveScience: Internet history timeline: ARPANET to the World Wide Web
- 1969: VCR (Video cassette recorder) - Encyclopedia Britannica: Videocassette recorder
- 1971: CPU : Single-chip computer IBM: Great moments in microprocessor history
- 1971: Ethernet - LAN (Local Area Networks) - Engineering and Technology History Wiki: Ethernet
- 1976: Apple 1: - Steve Wozniak (1950 - ) & Steve Jobs (1955-2011) - Mac History: Apple 1
- 1978: GPS - First launch of the Global Positioning System: PC World: A brief history of GPS
- 1979: Sony Walkman - Portable media player - Time: The Walkman
- 1981: IBM Personal computer : IBM: The birth of the IBM personal computer
- 1983: Camcorder - Sony Insider: Sony's Handycam Camcorder celebrates its 25th anniversary (2010)
- 1989: World Wide Web - Tim Berners Lee (1955- ) World Wide Web Foundation: History of the Web
- 1989: Nintendo Game Boy - Centre for Computing History: Nintendo Game Boy
- 1990: Hubble Space Telescope - NASA: Hubble Space Telescope
- 1994: Playstation - Centre of Computing History: Sony Playstation
- 1994: VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) - Alon Cohen (1962- )
- 1995: eBay auction website - Pierre Omidya (1967- ) Omidya Network
- 1995: Amazon - The Atlantic: Here is the first book ever ordered on Amazon
- 1995: Email - Centre for computing history: First email sent by Ray Tomlinson
- 1998: MP3 player - CNET: The 10th anniversary of the MP3 player
- 2004: Facebook - Encyclopaedia Britannica: Facebook - American company
- 2005: YouTube - SuccessStory: YouTube success story
- 2006: Twitter - Britannica Encyclopaedia: Twitter
- 2007: Apple iPhone - Touchscreen cellphone - PC: A visual history of the iPhone
- 2010: Apple iPad - Touchscreen computer - Livewire: The History and the evolution of the iPad
- 2013: XBox - Windows Central: A look at the evolution of Xbox One, four years after launch
- 2015: Supercomputers - NCI Australia: - Based at ANU this is the base of the Southern hemisphere's fastest supercomputer
- 2016: Nanotechnology - US - National Nanotechnology Initiative
- 2017: Quantum computers - Scientific American: How close are we - really - to building a quantum computer? - The Conversation: Award to Michelle Simmons reflects the strategic importance of quantum physics for Australia