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By W H G Armytage

ISBN-10: 0262511711

ISBN-13: 9780262511711

A Social heritage of Engineering indicates how social and fiscal stipulations in each one age have prompted advances in engineering. There are, in brief, fiscal, political, and philosophical implications in altering applied sciences. whereas the ebook starts with the Stone Age, the Greeks, and the Romans, the majority of the amount concentrates at the 19th and 20th centuries. A Social historical past of Engineering displays Professor Armytage's targeted topic zone pursuits, particularly nineteenth-century commercial society, radical and socialist hobbies, the heritage association, and the learn of upper and technical schooling.

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Geronimo Cardano (1501-76) was one. Like Leonardo, the illegitimate son of a lawyer but unlike Leonardo, a mathematician, his books De suhtilitate rerum (1550) and De rerum varietate (1557) were printed at Nurnberg and Basel and widely circulated in Europe where he was recognized as a most distinguished mathematician. Another Leonardan, Bernard Palissy (c. 1510-89) was a self-taught potter, whose experience in dis­ covering the right clays for his works in the Tuileries led him to become an authority on French natural resources.

The practice spread to to the the Germany where by fifteenth century the sub-divisions on clocks included minutes and seconds. THE MEDIEVAL FUELS The five English fuel centres of Domesday Book were New Forest (Hampshire), Windsor (Berkshire), Wychwood (Oxfordshire), Wim­ borne (Dorset) and Gravelinges (Wiltshire). In time these were sup­ plemented by others like the Weald (Kent), Ashdown (Sussex), Sherwood (Nottingham), Whittlewood and SaIcey (Northampton­ shire), Waltham, Hainault and Epping (Essex) and the Forest of Dean (Gloucestershire).

Also a machine small in size for raising or lowering enormous weights, than which nothing is more useful in emergencies. For by a machine three fingers high and wide and of less size a man could free himself and his friends from all danger of prison and rise and descend. Also a machine can easily be made by which one man can draw a thousand to himself by violence against their wills, and attract other things in like manner. Also machines can be made for walking in the sea and rivers, even to the bottom without danger.

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