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A history of engineering in classical and medieval times

Author: Donald Routledge Hill
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1996.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. This account describes the triumphs and limitations of ancient and medieval engineering.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
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Hill, Donald Routledge.
History of engineering in classical and medieval times
(DLC) 96025528
(OCoLC)34878893
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Routledge Hill
ISBN: 9781317761563 1317761561 9781317761570 131776157X
OCLC Number: 864139212
Description: 1 online resource (263 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Plates; List of Figures; Dedication; Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Introduction; The Background; Engineers and Artisans; A Note on Tools; Notes; Part One: Civil Engineering; 2. Irrigation and Water Supply; History; Achievements of Early Hydraulic Engineering; Qanats; Roman Water-supply; Hydraulic Works in Islam; Notes; 3. Dams; Design and Construction; Antiquity; The Romans; Byzantium and Iran; The Muslims; Europe; Notes; 4. Bridges; Beam Bridges; Pontoon Bridges; Arch Bridges; A Note on Foundations. Notes5. Roads; Introduction; Pre-Roman Roads; Iran; Greece; Roman Roads; History; Construction; Land Communications in Islam; Land Communication in Medieval Europe; Notes; 6. Building Construction; Analysis of Structures; Materials; Bricks; Stone; Mortar and its Constituents; Timber; Cobwork; Metals; Methods of Construction; Moving Heavy Loads; Execution of the Work; Notes; 7. Surveying; Instruments and Techniques; Levelling; Alignment and Triangulation; Measurement; Astro-surveying: Determination of the Qibla; Notes; Part Two: Mechanical Engineering; 8. Water-raising Machines; Introduction. Traditional MachinesThe Shādūf; The Screw; The Typanum or Drum; The Sāqiya; The Noria; Pumps; Assessment of the Traditional Machines; Water-raising Machines in al-Jazarī's book; Notes; 9. Power from Water and Wind; Water Power; Water-Wheels; Grist Milling; Industrial Uses of Water Power; Windmills; Notes; Part Three: Fine Technology; 10. Instruments; Calendars; Astrolabes; Equatoria; Notes; 11. Automata; Components and Techniques; Mechanical; Hydraulic Components; Examples of Automata Machines; Tree, Birds and Snake Automaton --
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al-Jazarī; Notes; 12. Clocks; The Origins of Water-clocks; Water-clocks in India and China; Hellenistic Water-clocks; Islamic Clocks; European Water-clocks; The Mechanical Clock; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Donald Hill.
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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. This account describes the triumphs and limitations of ancient and medieval engineering.

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