Engineering in History

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Courier Corporation, Aug 1, 1990 - Technology & Engineering - 530 pages
With a minimum of technical detail, and in a highly readable style, this presents a fascinating overview of the development of engineering in Western civilization, from its origins to the twentieth century. The book is organized around the authors' division of history into eight primary events: Food-producing revolution (6000-3000 B.C.) Appearance of urban society (3000-2000 B.C.) Birth of Greek science (600-300 B.C.) Revolution in power (Middle Ages) Rise of modern science (17th century) Stream and the Industrial Revolution (18th century) Electricity and the beginnings of applied science (19th century) Age of automatic control (20th century)

Not an exhaustive history, "Engineering in History" focuses on those achievements whose impact on civilization, in the authors' view, has been most significant.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE Origins
1
CHAPTER THREE Greek Engineering
36
CHAPTER FOUR Imperial Civilization
56
CHAPTER FIVE The Revolution in Power
95
CHAPTER six Foundations for Industry
124
CHAPTER SEVEN The Industrial Revolution
159
Chapter Eight Roads Canals Bridges
199
CHAPTER NINE Steam Vessels and Locomotives
246
CHAPTER TEN Iron and Steel
291
CHAPTER Eleven Electrical Engineering
327
CHAPTER TWELVE Modern Transportation
374
Chapter Thirteen Sanitary and Hydraulic Engineering
426
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Construction
464
CHAPTER FIFTEEN Reflections
495
INDEX
517
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