Tradeoffs: Imperatives of Choice in a High-Tech World. Edward Wenk Jr. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1986. 272 pp. $19.95.

There are many aspects of the interactions between technical advances and society. The average consumer is aware of the products and services available today. Corporations include technical change in strategic business planning, or are forced to adopt new strategies to accommodate it. The conduct of research and development is affected by economic and political actions of society151;the allocation of funds, tax policies, regulations and the public acceptance of risk.

In Tradeoffs, the author touches on many of these points, but he focuses principally on the actions of society in absorbing technology. He is concerned with "the social management of technology (which) focuses on the broader participation of society as a whole in the acts of management."

Edward Wenk has had a distinguished career in public service related...

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