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Through this historical approach, Rodney Carlisle reveals the fascinating intersection of science and technology through the ages, examining the different styles of creation and innovation.We see how humans acquired an increasing body of ordinary procedures and instruments, from making fire and harvesting crops to living in shelters. Over time, specialists emerged, perfecting and passing down special arts such as carpentry, masonry, and metal smithing.
They flourished in antiquity and organized into craft guilds in many of the societies of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. We see how these artisans developed new instruments that helped bring about a refinement of scientific observation, allowing numerous leaps forward in measurement and knowledge of nature.
Engineers and inventors changed the nature of production during the Industrial Revolution–moving from shop work to the large-scale factory–and created a host of new devices, from steam railroads to internal combustion engines. As scientific training began to affect the world of technology, a burst of inventions in the early 1900s changed human life more drastically than ever before. And, even as horrific instruments of warfare were born, a host of technologies was introduced in the electronics, nuclear, and biological fields that held out the promise of future peaceful progress.
Featuring numerous illustrations and informative primary source sidebars, Scientific American Inventions and Discoveries is essential for anyone who wants to delve into the history of science and technology.
Part I: The Ancient World through Classical Antiquity, 8000 B.C. to A.D. 330.
Part II: The Middle Ages through 1599.
Part III: The Age of Scientific Revolution, 1600 to 1790.
Part IV: The Industrial Revolution, 1791 to 1890.
Part V: The Electrical Age, 1891 to 1934.
Part VI: The Atomic and Electronic Age, 1935 into the 21st Century.