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How Technology Shaped Our World -- CANCELED

Key inventions — the telescope, steam engine, automobile, telephone, transistor, digital computer, and others — have revolutionized society. Their development, their underlying physical principals, and the personalities of the creators are interesting stories in themselves, but their impact on society is even more engrossing: how they changed the ways we interact with one another, and changed our world view. 

The course will consider each of these advances and also discuss important questions; are we better off . . . wiser, healthier, happier? And what does the future hold for us and for our planet? For example, Benz’ invention of the automobile revolutionized travel. The visionary Henry Ford saw that with higher pay his workers could become consumers of his product, which fundamentally changed the nature of business. At the same time, the internal combustion engine — which powered this revolution — has polluted our environment. How will the invention of the automobile be viewed one hundred years from now?

Instructor Bob Topper
is retired engineer who has started his career as an aeronautical engineer with NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center in the 1960s and then moved on to work as project manager for Catalytic, President of Getinge International, and V.P. of Engineering at Frigidaire Commercial, before finishing his career as owner of MaineStay Design, a consulting business serving the refrigeration industry. Bob holds a Master’s Degree in applied physics, with major course work in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. He has had a life-long interest in technology.    

Members must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to register for this course.
We will follow the current mask policy of the course site. 

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Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 9:30 AM until Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 11:30 AM
Midcoast Friends Meeting House
77 Belvedere Rd
Damariscotta, ME  04543
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Robert Topper
Spring 2023
Registration is not Required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
You must be an active CSC member to register for this course.
Cancellation Policy:
A member may cancel a course registration up to 3 days prior to the start of class and will receive a course credit that can be used for a future registration. No refunds will be given.