Lee Vinsel is an assistant professor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society at Virginia Tech. He studies human life with technology, with particular focus on the relationship between government, business, and technological change. His first book, Moving Violations: Automobiles, Experts, and Regulations in the United States, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in July 2019. Since 2015, Vinsel has co-directed The Maintainers, a global interdisciplinary research network that examines maintenance, repair, and mundane work with technology. His book, co-written with Andrew L. Russell, The Innovation Delusion: How Our Obsession with the New Has Disrupted the Work That Matters Most, will be published by Currency in September 2020. His writing has been published in several major history journals and has appeared in or been covered by Aeon, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Guardian, Le Monde, and other popular outlets.
A Technology of Manifest Destiny: Sam Colt’s Revolver
Historian of technology Lee Vinsel reviews Jim Rasenberger’s new book, “Revolver: Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America.”...