Works of Man

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Works of Man is a chronicle of man's attempts from prehistoric times to the space age to exploit for his own purposes the slowly discerned laws of nature. Exciting, instructive, and eminently readable, this mine of information covers the broad sweep of technological achievements, from the invention of the wheel more than six millennia ago to the miniaturization of the electronic computer.

Beginning with a description of the early builders in the days of ancient Babylon, ...

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Overview

Works of Man is a chronicle of man's attempts from prehistoric times to the space age to exploit for his own purposes the slowly discerned laws of nature. Exciting, instructive, and eminently readable, this mine of information covers the broad sweep of technological achievements, from the invention of the wheel more than six millennia ago to the miniaturization of the electronic computer.

Beginning with a description of the early builders in the days of ancient Babylon, continuing through to the end of the Roman Empire, the author goes on to explain the engineering principles that were gradually developed in the Dark Ages, enabling men to build the medieval cathedrals; to try to drain the Pontine marshes near Rome, the meres of Holland, and the British fenlands; and to raise the new military defenses that transformed warfare. Discussion of the work of Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo leads on to the development of steam as a new source of power, and to the growth of civil engineering that followed in Europe and the rest of the world. Further chapters cover the change from sail to steam; canals; railways; the use of electricity; the growth of manned flight; the rise of the plastics industry; nuclear engineering; and the problems of space exploration.

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The history of engineering is a far more important field of study than most popular books on the subject would lead one to believe. Clark's book stands as a notable exception to the general mediocrity. He offers an intelligent, well-written account of the development of engineering and descriptions of its major achievements from the prehistoric taming of fire to Project Apollo. The book is not quite so comprehensive as that span might suggest: coverage of the non-Western and preindustrial worlds, in particular, is quite limited; Clark focuses chiefly on the West since the 18th-century development of the steam engine and origin of the industrial revolution in England. But this is a relatively minor shortcoming in an otherwise highly recommended book. B. Hacker, Historian, REECo, Las Vegas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781448206575
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/28/2013
  • Pages: 522
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Clark (1916-1987) born in London and educated at King's College School. In 1933 he chose journalism as a career. During the Second World War, after being turned down for military duty on medical grounds, he served as a war correspondent. During this time Clark landed on Juno Beach with the Canadians on D-Day and followed the war until it's end, then remained in Germany to report on the major War Crimes trials.

Clark returned to Britain in 1948 and wrote extensively on subjects ranging from mountain climbing to the atomic bomb, Balmoral Castle to world explorers. He also wrote a number of biographies on a myriad of figures, such as: Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Sigmund Freud, and Bertrand Russell.

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