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Kline, Ronald R.

Works: 16 works in 48 publications in 1 language and 2,277 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Bibliography‡vCatalogs  Catalogs  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Thesis advisor
Classifications: T14.5, 303.4830973091734
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Most widely held works about Ronald R Kline
Most widely held works by Ronald R Kline
Consumers in the country : technology and social change in rural America by Ronald R Kline( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Consumers in the Country Ronald Kline, avoiding the trap of technological determinism, explores the changing relationships among the Country Life professionals, government agencies, sales people, and others who promoted these technologies and the farm families who largely succeeded in adapting the technologies to rural culture."--Jacket
The cybernetics moment : or why we call our age the information age by Ronald R Kline( Book )

10 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cybernetics--the science of communication and control as it applies to machines and to humans--originates from efforts during World War II to build automatic anti-aircraft systems. Following the war, this science extended beyond military needs to examine all systems that rely on information and feedback, from the level of the cell to that of society. In The Cybernetics Moment, Ronald R. Kline, a senior historian of technology, examines the intellectual and cultural history of cybernetics and information theory, whose language of "information," "feedback," and "control" transformed the idiom of the sciences, hastened the development of information technologies, and laid the conceptual foundation for what we now call the Information Age. Kline argues that, for about twenty years after 1950, the growth of cybernetics and information theory and ever-more-powerful computers produced a utopian information narrative--an enthusiasm for information science that influenced natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, humanists, policymakers, public intellectuals, and journalists, all of whom struggled to come to grips with new relationships between humans and intelligent machines. Kline traces the relationship between the invention of computers and communication systems and the rise, decline, and transformation of cybernetics by analyzing the lives and work of such notables as Norbert Wiener, Claude Shannon, Warren McCulloch, Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson, and Herbert Simon. Ultimately, he reveals the crucial role played by the cybernetics moment--when cybernetics and information theory were seen as universal sciences--in setting the stage for our current preoccupation with information technologies."--Publisher's description
Steinmetz : engineer and socialist by Ronald R Kline( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When he died suddenly at the height of his fame in 1923, his face was as familiar to Americans as that of Babe Ruth, Henry Ford, Jack Dempsey, or Warren G. Harding. Newspapers quoted his views on religion, politics (he was a Socialist), science, and future technological wonders. All were intrigued by the Horatio Alger tale of the penniless, hunchbacked German immigrant who rose to fame as the Wizard of Science, chief engineer at General Electric, and symbol of the new breed of scientists who daily surpassed the feats of Thomas A. Edison. In Steinmetz: Engineer and Socialist Ronald R. Kline presents the intellectual biography of Charles Proteus Steinmetz (1865-1923). Educated in Germany, Steinmetz came to America in 1889 and soon found work with a Yonkers electrical firm. After General Electric purchased the company in 1893, Steinmetz rose to the position of chief consulting engineer. Obtaining nearly two hundred patents, he made his most important contributions in electrical energy loss (or hysteresis), the understanding and wider use of alternating current, and high-voltage power transmission. The General Electric corporation, Kline explains, became Steinmetz's home, his identity, and a platform from which he stepped onto the wider stage of world affairs. As leader of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, Socialist councilman in Schenectady, and part-time professor of political economy at Union College, Steinmetz attempted to "engineer" society in the direction of a technocratic utopia by promoting welfare capitalism, Lenin's electrification of the Soviet Union, and other schemes--all with limited success. According to Kline, the legend of Steinmetz illustrates a shift in hero worship from inventors to scientists after World War I. It also encouraged the powerful (and paradoxical) American myth that a rugged individualist could make his mark in a bureaucracy. In a life filled with contrasts--here was a prominent Socialist serving as chief engineer of a major corporation--possibly even Steinmetz, Kline argues, was not always able to separate the myth from the man
Sources in electrical history : archives and manuscript collections in U.S. repositories by Joyce Bedi( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles P. Steinmetz and the development of electrical engineering science by Ronald R Kline( )

9 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sources in electrical history( Book )

in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recent titles in electrical history : a selective bibliography, 1982-1985( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classic issues by Ronald R Kline( )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The electric power industry through the 1930's by Ronald R Kline( Recording )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The symbiotic relationship between General Electric and Union College by Ronald R Kline( )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Archipelagic networks of power : village electrification, politics, ideology, and dual national identity in Indonesia (1966-1998) by Yulianto Salahuddin Mohsin( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ideology and social surveys : reinterpreting the effects of "laborsaving" technology on American farm women by Ronald R Kline( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Origins of the issues by Ronald R Kline( )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The general electric professorship at union college, 1903-1941 by Ronald R Kline( )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The dynamics of design-manufacturing laptops : how Taiwanese contract manufacturers matter in the history of laptop production by Ling-fei Lin( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This dissertation aims to open the knowledge production "black box" of laptop contract manufacturers in Taiwan and their factories in China from 1988 to 2012. By examining their engineering practices, I demonstrate the complexity and changing dynamics of design-manufacturing laptops across different time periods, which not only refutes a perception of linear progress from manufacturing to design for Taiwan's industry, but also challenges the idea that manufacturing lacks innovation and importance. I show how manufacturing and design capability are equally crucial and argue that it is also the intensive interaction between design and manufacturing, internally and externally, that matters. I develop a concept, field knowledge, to describe this interactiveness that involves frequent multiple-sited and trans-organizational exchanges between actors from heterogeneous backgrounds. My research, based on extensive interviews, unpacks the sociotechnical process in producing laptops that involves the transnational flow of people, ideas, and materials. In Chapter One, I show how Taiwanese producers designed their first laptops in the late 1980s based primarily on design engineering capability and how they learned to specialize the development process through collaborating with brand-name firms. In Chapter Two, I explore the complexity of the product development process, analyzing how the relations between design and manufacturing are intertwined. Chapter Three covers the issue of ever-thinning margins for producers and the practice of field knowledge that enabled them to create useful knowledge through constant interaction with internal and external partners to reduce costs. In Chapter Four, I analyze how these manufacturers, as mediators in the production world, have been contained and standardized by powerful partners. In Chapter Five, I examine how large-scale factory relocation from Taiwan to China after 2001 affected the practices and the lives of employees engaged in a permanent struggle between rootedness and mobility. I also show how their manufacturing capability was ever expanding, along with growing design expertise. Overall, this dissertation problematizes the production process and demonstrates the changing dynamics of design-manufacturing laptops within their social and historical context, arguing that it is the proficient capability of both design and manufacturing, and the effective integration between them that increases and maintains laptop consolidation
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Consumers in the country : technology and social change in rural America
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