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Historical Perspectives on Technology and Society: Overview of this Issue of STS NEXUS

 By Barbara Molony In this issue of STS NEXUS the authors draw on four stimulating events sponsored by the Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society in October 2001. Each of the events, and each of the articles, offers a historical perspective on the impact of technology, especially Silicon Valley technology, on society.

What History Can Teach Us About Technology and Society

By Stuart W. Leslie A survey of the study of the history of technology and its impact on society with examples from the October 2001 Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Conference.

Silicon Valley, Innovation, and the History of Modern Computing: A Conversation Among Doug Engelbart, Gordon Moore, and Regis McKenna

By Paul A. Ceruzzi A stimulating conversation among three of the “founding fathers” of Silicon Valley produced different views on why Silicon Valley is so unique.

Reflections on the Engelbart, Moore, and McKenna Conversation: Does Location Really Matter?

By Terri L. Griffith One of the discussions during the “founding fathers” conversation focused on the importance of Silicon Valley as a location. There is mixed support for the premise that location is an important factor in determining the success of new ventures.

Instant Replay: History in the present tense A Commentary on Haynes Johnson’s The Best of Times

By Steven M. Gelber Replaying the 1990s, Haynes Johnson gives us an eyewitness history of Bill Clinton, the Internet, Microsoft, Monica, and lost opportunities.

Nothing New Under the Sun? A Comparison of Edisonian and Silicon Valley Startups

By Thomas P. Hughes An eight-point paradigm reveals surprising similarities between the entrepreneurship in Edison’s time and in Silicon Valley.

Nothing New Under the Sun? Perhaps not, but all that Sunlight has Created a Flourishing System

By Lucian P. Hughes Contents Specific examples of the eight-point paradigm in action in Silicon Valley.

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