Open discussion on the evolution of Australian and New Zealand Thought

Thursday, 9 October 2008

The history of technology in Australia

This blog is about quality, not quantity!

Seeing a comment by my colleague Jim on another site reminded me that there is a fantastic website on the history of technology in Australia which is worth a plug on this blog, even if hardly anyone reads it.

The original post on architecture and beauty came from Nicholas Gruen. This prompted some thoughts on the way that changes in technology and building materials generate new opportunities and challenges for architects and builders.

The site that I want to promote is actually the web version of a book that was produced for the bicentenary.

For a bit more of the same kind of thing you can go here.

There is a question mark in my mind about the history of the CSIRO. What about the story that the CSIRO had to decide circa 1950 whether to put serious resources into rainmaking or computers and they went for rainmaking? The index to the big book does not have rainmaking and I don’t have time to read a lot of text. Anyone out there a full bottle on that bit of history?

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