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Volume 2015, Issue 1
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Abstract

Radical change is being demanded of engineering education today–the result of the electronic-information revolution. Other information revolutions have occurred in the past; and each has led to radical changes in education. We look at some of these, giving particular attention to the little-recognized fast press revolution of the early 19th century. Perhaps these examples will help us to better see, and cope with, present change.

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References

  1. A. Robinson, The Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms. (London: Thames and Hudson, Ltd., 1995): (See especially Chapter 6.) .
  2. G. A. Miller, The Science of Words. (New York: Scientific American Library, 1991) .
  3. O. Ogg, The 26 Letters. (New York: The Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1961, 1948) .
  4. J. Drucker, The Alphabetic Labyrinth: The Letters in History and Imagination. (London: Thames and Hudson, Ltd., 1995) .
  5. J. Jaynes, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. (Boston: Houghton Mif-flin Co., 1976) .
  6. Plato's Phaedrus (from Plato in Twelve Volumes, Vol. 9, translated by Harold N. Fowler. (Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1925) .
  7. Rather than quote myriad sources about the Gutenberg Revolution, I shall refer to my detailed account of that revolution in: J. H. Lienhard, How Invention Begins: Echoes of Old Voices in the Rise of New Machines. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006): See Chapters 9, 10, 11 in which I talk about the Gutenberg revolution and the way it shifted in form after the first generation. (71 references) .
  8. I again refer to my account of the fast roller press revolution and its implications for education in: J. H. Lienhard, How Invention Begins: Echoes of Old Voices in the Rise of New Machines. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006): See Chapters 11 and 12. (53 references) .
  9. A. Browne, the Rev., A Short View of the First Principles of the Differential Calculus. (Cambridge: J. Deighton & Sons, Cambridge, 1824). See also http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi1633.htm for more on the Rev. Browne's Calculus book .
  10. J. H. Marcet, Conversations on Chemistry; in which the Elements of that Science are Familiarly Explained and Illustrated by Experiments. In two Volumes. 4th ed. Vol. I. On Simple Bodies (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1813). This is my copy – a later edition of the book, but still printed on a hand press .
  11. T. P. Jones, New Conversations on Chemistry in which the Elements of that Science are Familiarly Explained and Illustrated by Experiments. (Philadelphia: John Grigg, 1833): Jones was one of the many men who made minor editorial changes to Marcet's books, then added their own male as the author, to improve book sales .
  12. J. H. Marcet, Conversations on Natural Philosophy. (Boston: Lincoln, Edmonds & Co., 1834): This is one of many later editions of Marcet's book. It bears the name of J.L. Blake on its title page. Blake had added some exercise questions for Boston Schools .
  13. I speak of the role of the École Polytechnique in relation to the rise of American engineering education in greater detail here: http://www.uh.edu/engines/asmedall.htm (11 references) .
  14. G. R. Potter, Planning and Writing Correspondence Courses. (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1946) .
  15. O. MacKenzie, E. L. Christensen, and P. H. Rigby, Correspondence Instruction in the United States. (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1968).I offer no sources on today's information revolution. We are in the middle of it and we are the sources .
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