Ships as complex technical systems
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Dugan, D. (2004). Ships as complex technical systems [Video file]. http://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/644
The combination of elements out of which a ship is made, particularly the great ships of the eighteenth century onwards, turned them into complex technical systems. They worked by treating people as things. They consisted of many mass produced objects, including pulley blocks, which required skill to manufacture and encouraged automation and standardization. Explained by Simon Schaffer.
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