Appropriate Technology: Tools, Choices and Implications (Academic Press Series in Engineering)

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The introduction of technology into developing communites around the world is closely tied to the everyday jobs of international aid workers, engineers, health professionals, social workers and members of religious organizations. A majority of people involved with international development have a non-technical background. This text is written for both non-technical and technical students and professionals who are interested in or currently working in international and community development. The book covers the engineering design process as well as the commonly used technological systems, processes and devices. It looks at societal impact, political influence and financial implications of introducing new systems and technologies.

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"Strongly recommended not only for liberal arts studens but also for those in scientific and engineering curricula, and for professionals as well. General readers; undergraduates; two-year technical program students."
--CHOICE, May 1999
"Growing out of an engineering course taught at Brown University for liberal arts students, Appropriate Technology demonstrates how to broaden the impact of engineering on the nonengineer. Both the course and the book advocate using technology as a vehicle to "foster the goals of a liberal arts education: increasing students' analytical ability, their understanding of the contemporary world, their confidence in dealing with complex problems, and their ethical and aesthetic sensitivity."
"The book is divided into two sections, focusing first on the technologies themselves" electricity, hydropower, wind power, and photovoltaic devices, among others" and then on how these technologies are used. Each well-organized chapter includes an extensive set of problems and projects that allow students to apply what they have studied."
"Engineering design courses could benefit from using this book, which presents clearly the need to anticipate the influence of engineering and technology in bringing about cultural change.
Technical readers and nontechnical readers alike will find something of interest in Appropriate Technology. It should be required reading for anyone in a public policy-making position..."
--ASEE PRISM ONLINE, Dec 1999

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About the Author: Lars Wanhammar is a Professor in Electronic Systems at Linköping University in Linköping, Sweden. His research interests are in the theory and design of digital signal processing systems, particularly digital filters and discrete transforms, as well as the computational properties of DSP algorithms, CAD tools, and VLSI circuits.

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