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A History of Mechanical Inventions: Revised Edition

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"The book is without peer in its field." — American Scientist
In this completely revised and enlarged edition of a classic work in the history of technology, a noted scholar explores the importance of technological innovation in the cultural and economic history of the West.
Following an introductory discussion of the place of technology in economic history, the author offer
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published November 2nd 2011 by Dover Publications (first published April 1st 1988)
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Subowal
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The industrial revolution which transformed human lives in the last few centuries includes advances in many fields, but if we have to identify one important area it would certainly be mechanical engineering. The steam engine and textile machinery are rightly seen as cornerstones of this revolution.

I was looking for a comprehensive introduction to the history of mechanical inventions and chanced upon this title through internet search. It is comprehensive no doubt, but the style is old (it was fi
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Fredrick Danysh
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it
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Many mechanical inventions have changed society and industry through the ages. Ancient innovations as well as more modern ones are explored in this history. There are some drawings included.
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Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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I found the text to be more technical than I anticipated. It is a very in-depth review of the physical evolution of mechanical inventions as well as the culture and economic forces which motivated the pace of innovation. A very good book, but more of a reference text than anything.
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This book, written more than 80 years ago, contains a lot of detail on clocks, pumps, weaving machines, and power generation, and contains some good diagrams for those items.

If you interested in the history of mechanical invention, then you will likely enjoy this book.

If you are interested in current invention, or anything from the time of the airplane and radio, it is not covered here, because it was written when those things were just getting off the ground.

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