The F-word

Further to Becky’s excellent post about being perceived as a big bunch of spoilsports, I’ve been thinking about the relationship between popular and academic history of technology. There is one particular device which, used badly, causes particular annoyance to scholarly historians of tech: the idea of the “First”.
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About James Sumner

Historian of science and technology at the University of Manchester. Works mainly on breweries and computers. Has heard all the jokes.
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