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Ancient History and Engineering Come Together 12 mai 2000
Par Ian K O'Malley - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Mr. Landels brings together two of the world's oldest academic endeavors, history and engineering. This is short volume is a quick read yet serves as a valuable reference tool. Landels provides a wonderful historic background for each piece of technology discussed in the book. The breadth of actual technolgy is not as great as one would want (unfortunately limited to ships, lifting devises, some seige engines and water procurement machines... yet to the author's credit the actual knowledge on complex technology of the ancient world is limited) but the technology that is covered is both well explained with many diagrams and placed into a historic perspective. To this reader, the last chapter serves as an invaluable reference for the simple fact the author provides short biographies of four ancient writers; Hero, Pliny the Elder, Frontinus and Virtuvius which leaves one starving for more knowlegde of aforementioned subjects. If you have any interest in the classics, history of the ancient world or the development of technology,.... please add this to your library.
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A fantastic effort 12 janvier 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur
Format: Relié
A very enlightening volume, although it occasionally left me behind and parts will have to be reread when I have looked up some mechanical engineering concepts- but this did not happen often enough to interrupt my enjoyment. A particularly fascinating section briefly discusses why the Greeks didn't quite get to concept of a the steam engine.
Very worthwhile and, sadly, all too brief.
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Engineering in the ancient world: spectacular book 10 juillet 2006
Par Michal Ruzek - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This is a very amazing which treats a rare subject. There is a lot of books about ancient times, but very few about the science put into practise in the times. This book brings very sophisticated look into the problems and successes of ancient engineers. Their solutions are somewhat ingenious, but there are also problems which could not be solved without the necessary equipment. J.G.Landers has done a great job looking into all that scarce sources related to engineering in the ancient times.

Dont hesitate and buy this book.

Michal Ruzek, Czech Republic
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Surprisingly good 31 octobre 2012
Par Flexpicker - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I ordered this book because I needed to understand the beginnings of technology better in order to understand its progress. I expected either a childish book or one of the typical books with many dates and misconceptions about technology that tend to be prevalent in books written by history professors. Professor Landels, however, has done a great job with the subject. Despite being a history professor, he shows a great understanding of the intricacies of engineering and has built some of the devices himself. In building the devices, he has gained great insight into the problems and solutions that ancient engineers faced, and it is this insight that I find particularly interesting. There are no equations, per se, but he does explain some of the physics involved. Additionally, there are a number of illustrations that make the book easy to read. Rather than many dates, he talks about the period in general. Rather than when, the main focus of the book is how. Analyses of text from Vitruvius show that Professor Landels is a very intelligent man. The book rarely gets tedious, though, with a new problem and solution being posed every few pages. Of the several books I have read of this nature (history of technology...see other reviews), this is one of the best.
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Good, Balanced Non-Engineer Book 6 juillet 2013
Par R. keller - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I'm not an engineer, but I enjoyed the non-technical language and sketches used in this book to describe Engineering in the Ancient World. It was listed in the references of a book I read about Saint Paul's biblical travels by sea. That chapter in the book was brief but insightful as were the chapters on wheels and fresh water distribution. This is a short book, an easy read, historically interesting. It is not an in-depth study, but contains sufficient math and engineering that may be of interest to technical readers as well.
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