Lewis Mumford

Lewis Mumford was a sociologist, philosopher of technology, and literary critic. Particularly noted for his study of cities and urban architecture, he had a broad career as a writer. Some of Mumford’s notable works are The City in History, Technics and Civilization, and The Myth of the Machine.

The Myth of the Machine is a two-volume series taking an in-depth look at the forces that have shaped modern technology since prehistoric times. The first volume, Technics and Human Development, was published in 1967, followed by the second, The Pentagon of Power, in 1970.

In these works Mumford shows the parallel developments between human tools and social organisation. His unique critique and insight is invaluable foundational reading on the subject of technology and society.