Engineering in the Ancient World

ISBN-10: 0520227824
ISBN-13: 9780520227828
Edition: 2000 (Revised)
Authors: J. G. Landels
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Description: In his classic book, J. G. Landels describes the technological advances of the Greeks and Romans with erudition and enthusiasm. He provides an important introduction to engineering, writing about power and energy sources, water engineering, cranes,  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/27/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

In his classic book, J. G. Landels describes the technological advances of the Greeks and Romans with erudition and enthusiasm. He provides an important introduction to engineering, writing about power and energy sources, water engineering, cranes, and transportation devises. From aqueducts to catapults, he attempts to envision machines as they may have worked in the ancient world. He then traces the path of knowledge taken by early thinkers--including Plato, Pliny, and Archimedes--in developing early theories of engineering and physics.

Power and Energy Sources
Man-power
Animal power
Water power
Wind power
Steam power
Water Supplies and Engineering
The sizes of measurement nozzles, and Frontinus' arithmetic
Water Pumps
Cranes and Hoists
Catapults
Ships and Sea Transport
Methods of estimating the maximum speeds of oared vessels
Land Transport
The Progress of Theoretical Knowledge
The Principal Greek and Roman Writers on Technological Subjects
Hero of Alexandria
Vitruvius
Frontinus
Pliny
The Reconstruction of a Trireme
Some Further Thoughts
Bibliography
Index

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