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A brief illustrated history of machines and mechanisms Emilio Bautista Paz.[et.al]

Contributor(s): Ceccarelli, Marco | Echávarria Otero, Javier | Muñoz Sanz, José Luis.
Publisher: New York Springer 2010Description: xvi, 217 p. il., fig. 24 cm.ISBN: 9789048125111.Subject(s): Libros Electronicos | Maquinaria | Movimientos MecánicosDDC classification: 621.809
Contents:
Anonymous developments. - - Chinese inventions and mechines. - - Mechanical engineering in antiquity. - - Medieval mechines and mechanisms. - - The mechani renaissance. - - Machines in the first colonial empires. - - Machinery during the industrial revolution. - - A vision on machines.
Scope and content: This book ilustrates the historical development of machines and mechanisms more from a technical point of view rather than a strictly history of science point of view since the authors are mechanical engineers who are interested and motivated to examine the most significant facts in their own area of knowledge of the rheory of machines an mechanisms. A full understanding of the historical development of technology also needs the help of experts in tchnical matters who can appreciate and reassess bygone achievements in the light of their own technical knowledge.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Machines have always gone hand-in-hand with the cultural development of m- kind throughout time. A book on the history of machines is nothing more than a specific way of bringing light to human events as a whole in order to highlight some significant milestones in the progress of knowledge by a complementary persp- tive into a general historical overview. This book is the result of common efforts and interests by several scholars, teachers, and students on subjects that are connected with the theory of machines and mechanisms. In fact, in this book there is a certain teaching aim in addition to a general historical view that is more addressed to the achievements by "homo faber" than to those by "homo sapiens", since the proposed history survey has been developed with an engineering approach. The brevity of the text added to the fact that the authors are probably not com- tent to tackle historical studies with the necessary rigor, means the content of the book is inevitably incomplete, but it nevertheless attempts to fulfil three basic aims: First, it is hoped that this book may provide a stimulus to promote interest in the study of technical history within a mechanical engineering context. Few are the co- tries where anything significant is done in this area, which means there is a general lack of knowledge of this common cultural heritage.

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Anonymous developments. - - Chinese inventions and mechines. - - Mechanical engineering in antiquity. - - Medieval mechines and mechanisms. - - The mechani renaissance. - - Machines in the first colonial empires. - - Machinery during the industrial revolution. - - A vision on machines.

This book ilustrates the historical development of machines and mechanisms more from a technical point of view rather than a strictly history of science point of view since the authors are mechanical engineers who are interested and motivated to examine the most significant facts in their own area of knowledge of the rheory of machines an mechanisms. A full understanding of the historical development of technology also needs the help of experts in tchnical matters who can appreciate and reassess bygone achievements in the light of their own technical knowledge.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 1 Anonymous Developments (p. 1)
  • On Machines Before Man (p. 2)
  • On the Machines of Primitive Man (p. 6)
  • On Popular Machines (p. 13)
  • 2 Chinese Inventions and Machines (p. 19)
  • On War Machines (p. 20)
  • On Textile Machinery (p. 23)
  • On Hydraulic Machinery (p. 26)
  • On Clocks and Automatons (p. 33)
  • On Continuity over the Millennia (p. 42)
  • 3 Mechanical Engineering in Antiquity (p. 43)
  • On Technological Evidence (p. 44)
  • On the Development of Ingenious Mechanisms (p. 45)
  • On Gears and Screws (p. 52)
  • On the Way to Mechanical Engineering (p. 53)
  • On Vitruvius's Influence (p. 59)
  • On Harmony in Machines (p. 60)
  • 4 Medieval Machines and Mechanisms (p. 65)
  • On Raising Water (p. 66)
  • On Clocks and Automatons (p. 74)
  • On the Transition in Europe (p. 84)
  • 5 The Machine Renaissance (p. 91)
  • On War Machines (p. 94)
  • On Lifting Machines (p. 95)
  • On Hydraulic Machines (p. 101)
  • On Machine Tools (p. 106)
  • On Machines for Traction and Transport (p. 108)
  • On Machines for the Rural World (p. 111)
  • On Domestic Apparatus (p. 112)
  • 6 Machines in the First Colonial Empires (p. 117)
  • On Raising Water (p. 118)
  • On Mills (p. 123)
  • On Lifting Devices (p. 133)
  • On Other Devices (p. 133)
  • On Machinery and Precious Metals (p. 136)
  • On Automatons (p. 138)
  • 7 Machinery During the Industrial Revolution (p. 141)
  • On Textile Machinery (p. 141)
  • On the Evolution of Handcraft Manufacturing (p. 147)
  • On Machine Tools (p. 151)
  • On Hydraulic Machines (p. 152)
  • On Steam Engines (p. 155)
  • On the Development of Transport (p. 164)
  • On Automatic Astronomical Devices (p. 164)
  • 8 A Vision on Machines (p. 169)
  • On Re-examining Greco-Roman Works (p. 169)
  • On the Systematisation of Machine Study (p. 172)
  • On Progress in Practical Use (p. 185)
  • On Mathematization of Mechanism Design (p. 189)
  • On Machine Training (p. 194)
  • Final Remarks (p. 199)
  • Looking at the Future (p. 200)
  • On the Challenge of Biodevices (p. 202)
  • On the Challenges with Mechatronics (p. 203)
  • Chronic Table (p. 207)
  • References (p. 213)

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CHOICE Review

This work by mechanical engineers Bautista Paz (Univ. of Cassino, Italy) and colleagues provides a very short historical overview of machines. The book begins with a discussion of the natural world ("On Machines before Man"), followed by a discussion of early machines up to spinning wheels, bellows, and forges. The second chapter covers Chinese contributions but neglects much of Joseph Needham's work on Chinese machines and mechanisms. Next, the book explores antiquity (Egypt, the Hellenic world, and Rome). The following chapters address machines in medieval times (Europe and Arab contributions), the Renaissance, colonial empires, and the Industrial Revolution. The final chapter, "A Vision on Machines," provides extensive coverage of mechatronics, which seems out of place. The book's 232 figures are mostly fuzzy, smudged, blurry, or shrunk to illegibility. The majority are taken from other books with attributions, but some do not provide credits. Overall, the work seems a hodgepodge of topics with a narrative that primarily comments on the figures; there is minimal organization or insight into the important topics competently addressed throughout the book. It covers much mechanical engineering history, and if one wants to get an idea of the breadth and depth of the field, then this volume will do the job. No index. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates. A. M. Strauss Vanderbilt University

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