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Stories of inventors and discoverers in science and the useful arts : a book for old and young

Author: John Timbs
Publisher: New York : Harper & Brothers, 1860.
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Genre/Form: History
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Timbs, John, 1801-1875.
Stories of inventors and discoverers in science and the useful arts.
New York : Harper & Brothers, 1860
(OCoLC)702704755
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Timbs
OCLC Number: 1349834
Notes: Includes illustration on frontispiece: Mr. Babbage's Difference Engine.
"With illustrations."
Description: 473 pages, [9] leaves of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 19 cm
Contents: The inventions of Archimedes --
The magnet and the mariner's compass --
Who invented printing and where? --
Who invented gunpowder? --
The barometer : Torricelli and Pascal --
The air-pump and the air-gun --
Living under water : the diving-bell --
Automata and speaking machines --
The automaton chess-player --
Navigation of the air : adventures with the balloon --
The true history of Friar Bacon --
The discoveries of Leonardo da Vinci --
The story of Paracelsus --
Napier's secret inventions --
Lord Bacon's new philosophy --
Inventions of Prince Rupert --
Prince Rupert's drops --
Sir Samuel Morland and his inventions --
The Marquis of Worcester's century of inventions --
George Graham and his improvement of the watch --
John Harrison and the longitude watch --
Dr. William Harvey and the circulation of the blood --
Dr. Jenner and his discovery of vaccination --
Euler's powers of calculation --
Mr. George Bidder and mental calculation --
Calculating machines --
The starry Galileo : invention of the telescope --
Isaac Newton makes the first reflecting telescope --
Guinand's glass for achromatic telescopes --
Sir William Herschel and his telescopes --
The Earl of Rosse's reflecting telescopes --
The invention of the microscope --
Sir David Brewster's kaleidoscope --
Magic mirrors and burning lenses --
Discovery of the planet Neptune --
Palissy the potter --
Josiah Wedgwood and his wares --
James Watt and the steam-engine --
The cotton manufacture. Hargreaves and the Spinning Jenny : Arkwright and the spinning frame ; Samuel Crompton and the spinning mule ; Dr. Cartwright and the power-loom ; Calico-printing and the rise of the Peels ; Cotton-spinning machinery --
John Lombe and the first silk-throwing mill in England --
William Lee and the stocking-frame --
Jacquard and his loom --
Dr. Franklin proves the identity of lightning and electricity --
Chemistry of the gases : discovery of choke-damp and fire-damp --
Sir Humphrey Davy and the safety lamp --
Carcel and his lamp --
Gas lighting --
James Brindley and canal navigation --
John Smeaton : light-houses and harbors --
Inventions of Joseph Bramah --
Thomas Telford Menai Suspension Bridge --
John Rennie : docks and bridges --
The first practical steam-boat --
Sir Isambarb M. Brunel : block machinery and the Thames Tunnel --
George Stephenson, the railway engineer --
Robert Stephenson and railway works --
Isambarb K. Brunel : railway works and iron shipbuilding --
Photography and the stereoscope --
Caoutchouc and its manufactures --
Gutta Percha and its manufactures --
The electric telegraph.
Responsibility: by John Timbs.

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