Why Things Bite Back

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Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences is a 1997 book by former executive editor for physical science and history at Princeton University Press Edward Tenner that is an account and geography of modern technology.

Edward Tenner's book describes how technology has had unintended effects on society.


  • Tenner, E. (1997) Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences. Vintage.

Further reading[edit]

  • Basson, M.S. (1995) South African Water Transfer Schemes and their Impact on the Southern African Region, in Matiza, T., Craft, S. & Dale, P. (Eds.) Water Resource Use in the Zambezi Basin. Proceedings of a Workshop held in Kasane, Botswana, 28 April - 2 May 1993. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.
  • Blanchon, D. & Turton, A.R. (2005) Les Transferts Massifs d’Eau en Afrique du Sud. In Lasserre, F. (Ed.) Transferts Massifs d’Eau: Outils de Development ou Instruments de Pouvoir? (In French). Sainte-Foy, Quebéc: Presses de l’Université du Québec. (Pp 247 – 283).
  • Cowan, R. Sch. (1985) More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology from the Open Hearth to the Microwave. Basic Books.
  • Heyns, P. (2002) Interbasin Transfer of Water Between SADC Countries: A Development Challenge for the Future. In Turton, A.R. & Henwood, R. (Eds.) Hydropolitics in the Developing World: A Southern African Perspective. Pretoria: African Water Issues Research Unit (AWIRU). pp157–176.
  • Norman, D. A. (1994) Things That Make Us Smart: Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine. Perseus Press.
  • Postman, N. (1993) Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. Vintage Books.
  • Rochlin, G. I. (1999) Trapped in the Net: The Unanticipated Consequences of Computerization. Princeton University Press.
  • Smith, M. R. and Leo Marx, eds. (1995) Does Technology Drive History? The Dilemma of Technological Determinism. MIT Press.
  • Snaddon, C.D., Davies, B.R. & Wishart, M.J. (1999) A Global Overview of Inter-Basin Water Transfer Schemes, with an Appraisal of their Ecological, Socio-Economic and Socio-Political Implications, and Recommendations for Their Management. Water Research Commission Report No. TT120/00. Pretoria: Water Research Commission.

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