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Editor's Introduction

Editor's Introduction I The study of the relationship between science, technology, and economic growth during the Industrial Revolution necessarily involves consideration and attempted integration of a vast amount of work, both empirical and theoretical, in different academic disciplines. The greatest quantity of factual evidence has been collected by economic historians, though a good deal of research has also been carried out by scientists, engineers, and others interested in scientific, technological, and industrial history. At the same time, current interest in economic development and growth has made such studies of closer relevance to the theoretical work of economists and sociologists. It is therefore the main purpose of this introductory chapter to trace the evolution of economic and sociological theories in regard to the problems presented by scientific and technological progress, and against this theoretical background to view recent historical studies on these aspects of the Industrial Revolution.