When Technology Fails

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When Technology Fails
Author Neil Y. Schlager (ed.)
Country United States
Language English
Subject Reference
Publisher Gale Research
Publication date
January 1994
Pages 659
ISBN 978-0-8103-8908-3
OCLC 29315606
363.1 W574

When Technology Fails, edited by Neil Schlager, is a collection of 103 case studies about significant technological disasters, accidents, and failures of the 20th century.[1] It was published in 1994 by Gale Research, Inc. It was one of the top referenced books in the New York Public Library in 1995.[2] The book was updated and re-released in 2005.

The book consists of 1,000- to 1,500-word entries, arranged by subject, that discuss the background, timeline, and impact of each event.[3] Each entry is written by journalists, engineers, and researchers, and provides a cursory overview, rather than in-depth technological analysis.[4] Entries are supplemented by bibliographies, black-and-white photographs, charts, and other print media.[5]

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  1. ^ Evan, William M.; Manion, Mark (2002). Minding the Machines: Preventing Technological Disasters. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall PTR. p. 203. ISBN 0-13-065646-1. 
  2. ^ Miller, Melinda (November 5, 1995). "Stranger Than Fiction: The Libraries' Tops in Reference". Buffalo News. Buffalo, NY. Retrieved 2011-04-14.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Accari, Joe. Book Review. Library Journal, Northeastern Illinois University Library, Chicago, Illinois. 1994. [1]. Accessed 2011-04-14.
  4. ^ "Choice," American Library Association. Book Review. [2] Accessed 2011-04-14.
  5. ^ Book Review. Booklist, American Library Association. [3]. Accessed 2011-04-14.

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