By Abbott Payson Usher
"The publication is with out peer in its field." — American Scientist
In this thoroughly revised and enlarged version of a vintage paintings within the background of know-how, a famous pupil explores the significance of technological innovation within the cultural and financial heritage of the West.
Following an introductory dialogue of where of know-how in fiscal heritage, the writer bargains a penetrating historic research of social switch. inside of this context he develops a idea of invention in accordance with Gestalt psychology and an idea of social evolution as non-stop improvement from antiquity to the current. Emphasis is put on the position of monetary forces within the improvement of know-how, with medical suggestions additionally enjoying an immense function in bringing approximately change.
The latter a part of the booklet makes a speciality of the creation and keep an eye on of energy often, and particularly on a few vital operative mechanisms. hence we learn thought-provoking bills of the expertise of fabric manufacture from primitive instances, of water wheels and windmills, water clocks, and mechanical clocks, and the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci. the improvement of printing is punctiliously studied, not just for its intrinsic curiosity, yet as a result of its significance for the background of technology. different themes contain the construction and alertness of strength (1500–1830), desktop instruments and volume construction, the creation and distribution of energy considering that 1832, and the position of Asia Minor as a resource of options which ruled the center a while and the trendy interval as well.
Thoroughly researched and cogently reasoned, A background of Mechanical Inventions belongs within the library of someone attracted to the background of technology and invention, in addition to the connection of know-how to monetary and social history.
"Throughout the ebook there's consistent facts of the author's large studying and sundry highbrow interests." — The long island Times
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I am also deeply indebted to Mr. Walter B. Briggs for signal assistance at every stage of the work. He has given me helpful guidance in the use of the resources of the library; he has done his utmost to insure the best utilization of its facilities; and he has secured the loan of many scarce volumes from other libraries. ABBOTT PAYSON USHER Cambridge, Mass. D. D. 1500 CHAPTER IX - Leonardo da Vinci: Engineer and Investor CHAPTER X - The Invention of Printing CHAPTER XI - Machinery of the Textile Industries: 100–1800 CHAPTER XII - The Development of Clocks and Watches Into Instruments of Precision: 1500–1800 CHAPTER XIII - The Production and Applications of Power: 1500–1830 CHAPTER XIV - Machine Tools and Quantity Production: 1450–1850 CHAPTER XV - The Production and Distribution of Power Since 1832 Notes Bibliography - Index Index CHAPTER I The Place of Technology in Economic History I Economic history is concerned with the description and the analysis of the mutual transformations taking place between human societies and their environment.
I owe much to my colleagues in the departments of history, the history of science, and economics at the University of Wisconsin for their interest and their suggestions. It was very helpful to concentrate the work of the seminar in economic history on the problems of the theory of invention and historical process. The new chapters owe much to the work in the seminar, and the responses of the students lead me to believe that these problems are not as remote from the underlying problems of historical criticism as they might seem to be.
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