A richly illustrated introduction to the engineering triumphs that made America modern
In this age of microchips and deep space probes, it's hard to imagine life before electricity or passenger trains. An astonishing series of engineering innovations paved the way to the twentieth century, and transformed America into the world's mightiest industrial power. The Innovators tells the exciting story of the engineering pioneers whose discoveries so dramatically altered commerce, industry, and world history. The book takes readers into the workshops of America's early engineering geniuses, explaining how they came up with their ideas and later applied them in the marketplace. Devotees of history and technology will appreciate the finely drawn profiles of America's technical wizards, from the famous--including Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steamboat; Samuel F.B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph; and Thomas Edison, inventor of the first electrical power network--to the lesser known, such as J. Edgar Thompson, who built the Pennsylvania Railroad.
* From the author of the critically acclaimed The Tower and the Bridge
* Features over 80 illustrations of the engineers and their inventions
DAVID P. BILLINGTON (Princeton, New Jersey), a professor of civil engineering at Princeton University, is the author of The Tower and the Bridge, and Robert Maillart's Bridges: The Art of Engineering, which won the 1979 Dexter Prize as the outstanding book on the history of technology.
Fascinating and informative...should be required reading for architects, engineers, and anyone who is interested in the special role of structural art in our technological society.
Merritt Roe Smith
David Billington brings the special insight of an engineer to the study of history. The result is a provocative analysis...bound to excite and instruct a wide variety of readers, from the casual buff to the professional scholar. The book is a delight to read.
A technically oriented chronicle of the history of engineering in the US, with boxes on basic math and symbolic expression for understanding engineering, and exercises based on the information in each chapter. Begins with the late 18th-century industrial revolution and covers the first 100 years of major advances in technology, discussing economic and social conditions and ethical implications. Includes b&w photos and illustrations. For beginning engineering students. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)