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An Encyclopaedia of the history of technology / edited by Ian McNeil.



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Publication date:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1990.
  • Book
  • xv, 1062 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references.
  • 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.
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Publisher's Summary:
Twenty-two sections cover the entire field of the history of technology, and have been contributed by a team of international experts. Each section has been designed to summarise the development of its subject from the earliest times to the present day, and is written so as to stand as an independent section, while also forming an integral part of the story of Man's efforts to harness the forces of Nature to his own ends. The text of each section forms a continuous narrative, with major inventions and developments being introduced and explained in sub-sections. The authors have throughout laid stress on the relation of their subjects to the social context of the times, as well as showing their interrelation with contemporary scientific thought and developments. Likewise the continuity of history is emphasised by the extensive time-scale, taking the reader 'from Stone Age to Space Age'. There are full indexes of both subjects and names.
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McNeil, Ian.

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