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Reconstruction designs of lost ancient Chinese machinery

Author: Hong-Sen Yan
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer, ©2007.
Series: History of mechanism and machine science, v. 3.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This work presents an innovative approach for the reconstruction designs of lost ancient Chinese machinery. By combining the creative mechanism design methodology with the mechanical evolution and variation theory, all feasible and appropriate designs that are consistent with the science theories and techniques of the subject time period can he systematically recreated. South pointing chariots, walking machines  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hong-Sen Yan
ISBN: 9781402064593 1402064594 9789048176489 9048176484
OCLC Number: 166358202
Description: xii, 308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Mechanism and Machine.- Ancient Chinese Machines.- Reconstruction Design Methodology.- Zhang Heng's Seismoscope.- Su Song's Escapement Regulator.- South-pointing Chariots.- Walking Machines.
Series Title: History of mechanism and machine science, v. 3.
Responsibility: by Hong-Sen Yan.

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South pointing chariots, walking machines and the astronomical mechanical clock are all used as illustrated examples in this fascinating and unique study of lost machinery in ancient China.  Read more...

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