A History of Engineering in Classical and Medieval Times
It is impossible to understand the cultures and achievements of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Arabs, without knowing something of their technology. Rome, for example, made advances in many areas which were subsequently lost and not regained for more than a millenium. This is a knowledgeable yet lucid account of the wonderful triumphs and the limitations of ancient and medieval engineering. This book systematically describes what is known about the evolution of irrigation works, dams, bridges, roads, building construction, water and wind power, automata, and clocks, with references to the social, geographical, and intellectual context.
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Review: A History of Engineering in Classical and Medieval TimesUser Review - Zanna - Goodreads
I found the early section on water-moving technologies particularly fascinating, and the sections on geniuses from the Islamic world such as the Banu Musa are especially valuable as most often overlooked. A very readable reference text. Read full review
Review: A History of Engineering in Classical and Medieval TimesUser Review - Don Kent - Goodreads
A very studious textbook like review of early technology. I learned a lot but it was a struggle to finish. Read full review