By Abbott Payson Usher
"The ebook is with out peer in its field." — American Scientist
In this thoroughly revised and enlarged variation of a vintage paintings within the heritage of expertise, a famous pupil explores the significance of technological innovation within the cultural and financial heritage of the West.
Following an introductory dialogue of where of expertise in fiscal background, the writer deals a penetrating old research of social switch. inside of this context he develops a concept of invention according to Gestalt psychology and an idea of social evolution as non-stop improvement from antiquity to the current. Emphasis is put on the function of monetary forces within the improvement of know-how, with clinical thoughts additionally taking part in a major position in bringing approximately change.
The latter a part of the e-book makes a speciality of the construction and keep an eye on of energy often, and particularly on a couple of very important operative mechanisms. hence we learn thought-provoking bills of the expertise of fabric manufacture from primitive occasions, of water wheels and windmills, water clocks, and mechanical clocks, and the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci. the advance of printing is thoroughly studied, not just for its intrinsic curiosity, yet due to its significance for the heritage of technological know-how. different issues comprise the construction and alertness of strength (1500–1830), laptop instruments and volume construction, the construction and distribution of energy given that 1832, and the position of Asia Minor as a resource of thoughts which ruled the center a while and the trendy interval as well.
Thoroughly researched and cogently reasoned, A heritage of Mechanical Inventions belongs within the library of a person attracted to the historical past of technological know-how and invention, in addition to the connection of expertise to fiscal and social history.
"Throughout the e-book there's consistent facts of the author's extensive studying and sundry highbrow interests." — The ny Times
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2. Technology—History. I. Title. ” ROGERI BACON, Compendium Studii, cap. V. Preface to the Revised Edition The major changes in the present edition consist in four new introductory chapters; extensive revisions of the early history of clocks; new material on the history of the textile techniques in Syria and China at the beginning of the Christian era; and additional material on internal-combustion engines and gas turbines in the last chapter. The exposition has been improved at many points, and corrections and additions have been made throughout the text, but these changes are not extensive.
The figures for 1660 and 1690 are very much in error, though they are lower than any other significant estimates for that period. The census items for 1931 and 1947 are considerably above the line, though they represent events subsequent to the original calculation. All estimates for the period prior to 1720 are substantially higher than the figures implicit in the calculated curve, and, curiously enough, the recent growth of population is in excess of the expectations suggested by the curve. In terms of the mathematics of curve fitting the deviations from the curve are considerable and of such a nature that the data do not constitute an empirical verification of the curve as an unqualified description of population growth in this period.
D. 1500 CHAPTER IX - Leonardo da Vinci: Engineer and Investor CHAPTER X - The Invention of Printing CHAPTER XI - Machinery of the Textile Industries: 100–1800 CHAPTER XII - The Development of Clocks and Watches Into Instruments of Precision: 1500–1800 CHAPTER XIII - The Production and Applications of Power: 1500–1830 CHAPTER XIV - Machine Tools and Quantity Production: 1450–1850 CHAPTER XV - The Production and Distribution of Power Since 1832 Notes Bibliography - Index Index CHAPTER I The Place of Technology in Economic History I Economic history is concerned with the description and the analysis of the mutual transformations taking place between human societies and their environment.