Things that make us smart: defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine

Addison Wesley Publishing Company, Inc. (Reading, Mass. /Menlo Park, Cal./New York) 1993, English text 272 pp.

In this book Donald A. Norman explores the complex interactionbetween human thought and the technology t creates, arguing for the development of machines that fit our minds rather than minds that must conform to the machine. In fascinating detail, `Things That Make Us Smart' shows us how the human mind navigates this world of information. It gives us a history of attempts to organize ideas and objects ranging from hardware store inventories to encyclopedia examples as airline flight schedules, the menus for voice message systems, and the kinds of charts and tables found in ordinary textbooks and degree to which we can be helped,hindered, or even manipulated by various representations of information.


updated 1993