Ithiel de Sola Pool

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To talk to others who are unseen and far away is an experience which, before the telephone, occurred only in mythology. Gods, devils, and angels talked from the sky across the world, but not mere mortals.

Ithiel de Sola Pool (October 26, 1917March 11, 1984) was a pioneer in the development of social science.


  • The Telephone will democratize hierarchic relations.
    • Forecasting the Telephone: A Retrospective Technology Assessment. (1983), MIT Press, p. 61

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