Prof. Russell Article on History of Modular Systems Published

8/2/2012

"Information & Culture: A Journal of History" has just published Prof. Andrew Russell's article, "Modularity: An Interdisciplinary History of an Ordering Concept."  In the article, Russell describes how the 21st century principles of modular design - such as the use of interchangeable parts within a predefined system architecture - were first proposed by housing reformers and electronics engineers in the first half of the 20th century.  This case study, Russell argues, suggests that historians should look across traditional disciplinary boundaries to see a general set of concepts, strategies, organizations, and technologies that humans have used in their unending efforts to order and make sense of information.
 

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