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    Description"The most significant machines of the 19th and 20th centuries." "Fifty Machines that Changed the Course of History" is a fascinating survey of the mechanical devices that propelled 18th-century society into the 19th and 20th centuries. The book celebrates more than 200 years of technological development at the height of the Industrial Revolution. These are not generic inventions but rather specific, branded machines whose names in many cases have become synonymous with the machine or its purpose. The entries fall into eight categories relating to their sphere of influence: Industry, Agriculture, Media, Transport, Science, Computing, Energy and Home. Concise text describes the machines, what led to their invention, and the effects on society. Annotated diagrams, illustrations, photographs and "Key Feature" insets enrich the coverage. These are a few of the 50 machines described: Stephenson's Rocket (1829), the first locomotive designed for passenger transport Harrison power loom (1851) produced the bulk of the world's cotton cloth during the First Industrial Revolution Westinghouse alternating current system (1887) brought electrical power and lighting to homes and workplaces Hoover suction sweeper (1908) revolutionized domestic cleaning Lumiere cine projector (1896) and Marconi radio (1897) together heralded the dawn of the media age Baird "Televiso" (1930), the first television set More recently, the Motorola DynaTAC cellphone (1983) ensured that we would always be able to "phone home." "Fifty Machines that Changed the Course of History" is perfect for history buffs and anyone who is fascinated by the complexity and beauty of mechanical devices.


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    Title
    Fifty Machines That Changed the Course of History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Eric Chaline
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 181 mm
    Height: 289 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 717 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781770850903
    ISBN 10: 1770850902
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    BIC E4L: TEC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    DC22: 609
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S9.0
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: TBX, TBY
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    DC21: 609
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/18CNTY
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    BISAC V2.8: TEC057000
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    BIC subject category V2: TGB
    BISAC V2.8: TEC009070
    Libri: I-TE
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037030, TEC046000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    DC22: 621.809
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: TJ15 .C43 2012
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHB, TBX, TBY, TGB
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
    Publisher
    FIREFLY BOOKS
    Imprint name
    FIREFLY BOOKS
    Publication date
    11 October 2012
    Author Information
    Rric Chaline is a journalist and writer specializing in history, philosophy and religion. He has published numerous books, including "Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History."
    Review quote
    An admirable, concise, well-organized, and accurate exploration of 50 machines that have proven pivotal in human civilization from 1760 to the present... Entries are a minimum of two pages to a maximum of six pages with well-chosen historic pictures of the artifacts themselves supplemented by depictions of the inventors, the schematics of their devices or other matters of historical interest, and a clearly written narrative. Images closer to the present are often in full color. A frequently used timeline visualizes the flow of technological innovation and the ways in which new inventions build upon prior ideas.--Dennis W. Cheek, Executive Director of the Nationa"Science Books and Film" (05/01/2013)