Engineering in History
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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This book really shows how many of our modern inventions have actually been around for centuries. The evidence presented in this book makes a reader rethink how technology has developed. Read full review
Just from reading the small section on Charlemagne and the Fossa Carolina, the book is clearly by no means historically accurate. They took a side in a debate on whether the canal was completed, and used, when, even at the time of publication, there was sufficient debate to include both sides.
Since then, geoarcheological studies have indicated that the Fossa Carolina was completed and used. These studies indicate that the canal fell into disrepair for political and economic reasons.
Therefore, if I, a layman, know the book is historically inaccurate...why bother to buy it.