By Donald R. Hill

ISBN-10: 131776157X

ISBN-13: 9781317761570

During this accomplished background, Donald Hill opens a window on medieval and classical engineering. The booklet makes a speciality of on Greece, Rome and medieval Western Europe, but additionally contains fascinating info on heart jap technology.

Documenting over 1800 years, Donald Hill illustrates how classical and medieval engineers designed early irrigation platforms, dams, bridges, clocks and the way they harnessed the facility of either water and wind. operating principally with out a quantified, medical foundation for his or her designs, those early engineers studied the houses of fabrics and how within which fluids and solids behaved in definite stipulations. They then utilized this data to successfully resolve difficulties. This interesting research files over 1800 years of early engineering.

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Engineering, irrigation. Civil Roman Empire First four centuries AD. Civil engineering, surveying, water supply. Islam Ninth to thirteenth centuries AD. Water supply, irrigation, water power, fine technology. Europe Twelfth to fifteenth centuries (and beyond). Wind and water power, machines, mechanical clock. Engineers and Artisans The modern idea that the engineer is essentially an applied scientist simply does not hold water. It is true that in the last two centuries the engineer has had at his disposal a growing array of quantified scientific data upon which to base his designs, and that no engineer worthy of the name can ignore these data.

Nevertheless, the execution of a construction project poses a number of problems that are unconnected with pure scientific reasoning. Some of these problems are not even of a directly technical nature: for example, the financial side of contracting and subcontracting with the accompanying measurement and valuation procedures. There are many other problems that are technical, but not directly related to science. An engineer needs to know the capabilities and limitations of men, machines and materials, and the restraints imposed by weather and soil conditions.

De Goeje, vol. 3 of Biblioteca Geographorum Arabicorum (Brill, Leiden, 1894), pp. 106–8. 2. Aydin Sayili, ‘Gondēshāpūr’, EI, vol. 2, p. 1120. 3. J. R. Hall and Trevor I. ) A History of Technology (Oxford University Press, 1956, reprinted 1979), vol. 2, pp. 629–57, pp. 632–3. 43 4. Lon R. Shelby, ‘The Geometrical Knowledge of Mediaeval Master Masons’, Speculum, vol. 47 (1972), pp. 395–421, pp. 420–1. 5. For the segmental arch see Chapter 4, for pumps see Chapter 8. The line of reasoning in this paragraph was generated in the course of discussions between myself and Dr Norman Smith of Imperial College, London.

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