History of Engineering and Technology: Artful Methods

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Routledge, Dec 19, 2018 - Technology & Engineering - 368 pages
A History of Engineering and Technology offers a highly readable account of the development of engineering and technology from prehistory to the present. The author uses the broad sweep of history as a backdrop for expositions of important benchmarks in engineered works and products.
The book presents early hydraulic engineering in the context of modern ideas relating technology to the complex social structures that arose in Sumeria and Egypt. It also provides a comprehensive and objective review of the greatest engineering civilization of antiquity-Greco-Roman-and discusses the western world's attempts to recover its achievements after the Middle Ages. The flowering of French and British engineered technology is portrayed through the men and machines that led to today's industrial society.
Other topics discussed in A History of Engineering and Technology include the evolution of the modern ship, engineering in modern war and medicine, the advent of the computer, and the Space Age. Over 100 illustrations and the book's in-depth presentation of key theoretical developments make this volume essential as a college textbook for students, as well as an important reference resource for libraries, engineers, and scientists.
 

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Contents

1 The Earliest Builders
1
2 Early Empires and the Conquest of Materials
15
The Greeks
45
Rome The Engineering of War and Cities
61
5 Ancient Power and Metallurgy
83
6 Byzantine and Islamic Engineering Picking up the Fallen Torch
97
7 The Middle Ages Masters of Stone
111
8 The Renaissance
127
9 The 17th and 18th Centuries
141
10 The Advent of Steam and Mechanical Engineering
161
11 Sanitary and Hydraulic Engineering
201
Part 1
221
Part 2
257
14 New Technology and the Future
303
Index
327
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