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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2006

    Things You Never Knew

    The subtitle of this book is 'Technology and invention from the Earliest Times to the Renaissance'. As this is the first book I ever read in this topic, I found it extremely interesting. Mr. De Camp covers the development of structural, water (delivery and clocks) and many other technologies. The importance of the written word in expanding technology is illustrated by Mr. De Camp. My only critique is that at times Mr. De Camp covers swatches of time too quickly and sometimes uses terms I am not familiar with (I'm getting the dictionary out now). But, these same citations increases one's desire to learn more about these civilizations. Definitely a book one should read if one is interested in how things develop, particularly technology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2006

    Literary Magic

    The Ancient Engineers is a very informative book. It discusses 'Technology and invention from the earliest times to the Renaissance,' and is packed with useful information for historians and those who enjoy history. De Camp begins his nonfiction book interestingly, discussing Ancient life and the probability of something being invented. He talks about how when there are more people and more people with more leisure time, the chances of someone inventing something or there being a break-through in science increases dramatically. This book is highly recommended to all, although since it can be boring to those uninterested in history or reading, don't read it unless you're a reading or history maven. If you do like medieval warfare and technology though, this book will be of the greatest use.

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