Pannabecker, John R. “Diderot, the
Mechanical Arts, and the Encyclopédie: In Search of
the Heritage of Technology Education.” Journal of Technology Education, vol. 6, no. 1, Sept. 1994. DOI.org (Crossref), doi:10.21061/jte.v6i1.a.4.
Citing Walter Waetjen and the lack of a history of technological education, Pannabecker attempts to begin that history with Diderot’s Encyclopédie, one of the earliest texts to describe mechanical arts. The article aims to find what aspects of the field Diderot thought were important, his method of explaining them, and the problems associated with obtaining information. After a detailed account of the Encyclopédie’s background, Pannabecker explores the process of creating an article or plate on a mechanical art, particularly as explained in the “Preliminary Discourse” and the “Prospectus” as well as Diderot’s limitations as editor in creating a truly detailed and accurate image of the mechanical arts.
Country of Publication: United States
Main Classification: Mechanical Arts
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