Energy

Author: Richard Rhodes

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781501105364

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 480

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A “meticulously researched” (The New York Times Book Review) examination of energy transitions over time and an exploration of the current challenges presented by global warming, a surging world population, and renewable energy—from Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author Richard Rhodes. People have lived and died, businesses have prospered and failed, and nations have risen to world power and declined, all over energy challenges. Through an unforgettable cast of characters, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes explains how wood gave way to coal and coal made room for oil, as we now turn to natural gas, nuclear power, and renewable energy. “Entertaining and informative…a powerful look at the importance of science” (NPR.org), Rhodes looks back on five centuries of progress, through such influential figures as Queen Elizabeth I, King James I, Benjamin Franklin, Herman Melville, John D. Rockefeller, and Henry Ford. In his “magisterial history…a tour de force of popular science” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Rhodes shows how breakthroughs in energy production occurred; from animal and waterpower to the steam engine, from internal-combustion to the electric motor. He looks at the current energy landscape, with a focus on how wind energy is competing for dominance with cast supplies of coal and natural gas. He also addresses the specter of global warming, and a population hurtling towards ten billion by 2100. Human beings have confronted the problem of how to draw energy from raw material since the beginning of time. Each invention, each discovery, each adaptation brought further challenges, and through such transformations, we arrived at where we are today. “A beautifully written, often inspiring saga of ingenuity and progress…Energy brings facts, context, and clarity to a key, often contentious subject” (Booklist, starred review).
The Life and Legend of James Watt

Author: David Philip Miller

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 9780822986799

Category: Science

Page: 440

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The Life and Legend of James Wattoffers a deeper understanding of the work and character of the great eighteenth-century engineer. Stripping away layers of legend built over generations, David Philip Miller finds behind the heroic engineer a conflicted man often diffident about his achievements but also ruthless in protecting his inventions and ideas, and determined in pursuit of money and fame. A skilled and creative engineer, Watt was also a compulsive experimentalist drawn to natural philosophical inquiry, and a chemistry of heat underlay much of his work, including his steam engineering. But Watt pursued the business of natural philosophy in a way characteristic of his roots in the Scottish “improving” tradition that was in tension with Enlightenment sensibilities. As Miller demonstrates, Watt’s accomplishments relied heavily on collaborations, not always acknowledged, with business partners, employees, philosophical friends, and, not least, his wives, children, and wider family. The legend created in his later years and “afterlife” claimed too much of nineteenth-century technology for Watt, but that legend was, and remains, a powerful cultural force.
Engineers

Author: Adam Hart-Davis

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 9781409322245

Category: History

Page: 362

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Full of great tales of achievement and ingenuity, Engineers celebrates 80 of the greatest engineers that ever lived and the stamp they have left on the world. Learn all about how their projects have changed the course of history and added to human progress from the men who built the Great Pyramid in Egypt to the Industrial Revolution and the impressive structures of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and on to the pioneers of space travel and the computer scientists of today. From initial concepts to prototypes and finished designs, Engineers is full to bursting with technical drawings, specially commissioned artworks, blueprints and virtual tours that help bring the structures, inventions and technological breakthroughs to life. Engineers is for anyone who is intrigued by the power of the pioneering mind.
A History of Railway Locomotives down to the End of the Year 1831

Author: Chapman Frederick Marshall

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783845712871

Category: Transportation

Page: 322

View: 142

Chapman Frederick Marshall gibt in seinem Buch einen umfassenden Einblick über die Geschichte der Lokomotive bis in das frühe 19. Jahrhundert hinein. Sein Ziel war es, Lücken, die in der Darstellung dieses Gegenstandes bis dahin noch in der Literatur bestanden, zu schließen. Dabei geht er nicht nur auf die Idee des Dampfbetriebes ein, sondern nennt wichtige Persönlichkeiten, die die Entwicklung der Lokomotive beeinflusst und vorangetrieben haben. Es handelt sich hierbei um eine englischsprachige Ausgabe.