History of Engineering in Classical and Medieval Times (Paperback)
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Short Description for History of Engineering in Classical and Medieval Times The little known wonders of applied science in the Ancient and Medieval world are vividly described in a book which covers construction, irrigation and tools as well as the finer mechanical pieces such as astrolobes and navigation equipment.
- Published: 03 January 1997
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415152914 ISBN 10: 0415152917
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It is impossible to understand the cultures and achievements of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Arabs, without knowing something of their technology. Rome, for example, made advances in many areas which were subsequently lost and not regained for more than a millenium. This is a knowledgeable yet lucid account of the wonderful triumphs and the limitations of ancient and medieval engineering. This book systematically describes what is known about the evolution of irrigation works, dams, bridges, roads, building construction, water and wind power, automata, and clocks, with references to the social, geographical, and intellectual context.