An Encyclopedia of the History of Technology

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Available for the first time in paperback, this volume includes twenty-two chapters by international experts covering the entire history of technology from humankind's earliest use of stone tools to the exploration of space. Written clearly and without unnecessary jargon, each chapter traces the development of its subject from earliest times to the present day, stressing the social context and its place in scientific thought.

• Usefully drawn with over 150 tables, drawings and photographs

• Two comprehensive indexes of names and subjects

• Essential reading for teachers and students in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Industrial History and Archaeology.

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Twenty-one chapters (plus a fine introduction) by 19 contributors cover the entire field of technology from the Stone Age to the Space Age. Each chapter summarizes the development of its subject from the earliest times to the present day, stressing its relation to the social context of the times as well as its place in scientific thought. The chapters stand as independent articles, while also forming a continuous narrative of technological advance. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415147927
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Series: Routledge Companion Encyclopedias Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1062
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian McNeil is Rolt Research Fellow at the University of Bath and former Executive Secretary of the Newcomen Society for the Study of the History of Engineering and Technology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Basic Tools, Devices and Mechanisms Ian McNeil Part One: Materials 1. Non-ferrous metals A.S. Darling 2. Ferrous metals W.K.V. Gale 3. The chemical industries and non-metallic elements Lance Day Part Two: Power and engineering 4.

Water, wind and animal power Kenneth Major 5. Steam and internal combustion engines E.F.C. Somerscales 6. Electricity Brian Bowers 7. Engineering, methods of manufacture and production A.K. Corry Part Three: Transport 8. Roads, bridges and vehicles Ian

McNeil 9. Inland waterways John Boyes 10. Ports and shipping A.W.H. Pearsall 11. Rail P.J.G. Ransom 12. Aeronautics J.A. Bagley 13. Spaceflight John Griffiths Part Four: Communication and calculation 14. Language, writing, printing and graphic

arts Lance Day 15. Information: Timekeeping, computing, telecommunications and audiovisual technologies Herbert Ohlman Part Five: Technology and Society 16. Agriculture: The production and preservation of food and drink Andrew Patterson 17. Textiles and clothing

Richard Hills 18. Building and architecture Doreen Yarwood 19. The domestic interior: Technology and the home Doreen Yarwood 20. Public Utilities Angus Buchanan 21. Weapons and armour Charles Messenger Index

anyone interested in this field (American Scientist - 1990)

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