A Short History of Trains
Written by a well-known transport expert, this comprehensive history covers the progress of railways from the earliest prototypes and Stephenson’s Rocket through to the bullet trains and Maglev technology of today. With illustrations, maps and diagrams throughout, it shows how railways opened up new continents, supplied the frontlines in wartime and fundamentally changed societies, while also telling the stories of famous lines including the Trans-Siberian and the Orient Express.
Master Builder of Roads and Canals
A Scottish shepherd’s son, Thomas Telford was the brilliant engineer responsible for major reconstruction work in his homeland and for transforming the road and canal network across Britain. Burton’s biography of the ‘Colossus of Roads’ highlights his achievements, including designing the Menai suspension bridge and the Caledonian Canal, while also depicting a humble, altruistic man interested in poetry and culture.
A Biographic Portrait
From his early childhood, when his intelligence and maverick thinking led him into mischief, to his early death from pancreatic cancer in 2011, this biography presents Steve Jobs’s life and career in a blend of narrative and infographics. Recalling turning points such as his first meeting with Steve Wozniak, it examines the ambition and passion that made him one of the world’s most influential people.
In the Footsteps of IK Brunel
Demonstrating the tremendous impact Brunel had on Britain in the 19th century, this well-illustrated volume describes his most important ventures, transforming transport infrastructure with groundbreaking designs for bridges, tunnels, docks, railways and steam ships. Part Two of the book identifies the engineering projects that can still be visited today, particularly in Bath, Bristol and London.
Eyes All Over the Sky
Aerial Reconnaissance in the First World War
The fighter aces took the glory but reconnaissance flyers had perhaps the more significant role during the First World War, sighting for the artillery, following troop movements, patrolling British coastal waters for U-boats and gathering data for constantly updated maps. Drawing on the experiences of British, American and German airmen, Streckfuss examines the work of balloonists, reconnaissance pilots and aerial photographers over the Western Front and UK seas.
Plato's Alarm Clock
And Other Amazing Ancient Inventions
From underwater breathing equipment (as described by Aristotle) to star charts (drawn on the walls of the Lescaux caves, 33,000–10,000 years ago), James Russell describes the inventions of ancient times. There are chapters on everyday life, with items as diverse as alarm clocks, make-up, games and chewing gum; mechanical and industrial technology, including the spoked wheel and movable type; military inventions; medical breakthroughs; scientific advances; and mysterious lost inventions such as Greek fire, Maya blue and the Baghdad battery.
Henry Ford, George Selden, and the Race to Invent the Auto Age
When George Seldon was granted the American patent for an ‘improved road engine’ in 1895 his royalties hampered the fledgling automobile industry, but Henry Ford’s 1911 legal challenge saw the copyright lifted and the invention went on to define an era. This account debunks the myths surrounding the industry’s origins, and profiles the business tycoons, maverick inventors and daredevil racers who played a part in establishing it.Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Victorian Steam Locomotive
Its Design and Development 1804–1897
By the end of the 19th century, the steam locomotive was the most prominent and glamorous symbol of industrial modernism. This review of its history and operation was first published in 1897 and deals in the first part with the earliest locomotive designs, explaining the basic technology and outlining the improvements that gradually refined it, and in the second part with how a contemporary engine works, with diagrams and photographs.
Inside the Machine
Art and Invention in the Electronic Age
In the early twentieth century the electronics industry employed fine artists to create advertising material explaining rapid technological advancements to the general public. The resulting artwork tracks the development of new components, including valves, transistors and circuit boards, from ‘laboratory to tabletop’. Slightly off-mint.
The Human Age
The World Shaped By Us
Diane Ackerman may rue the destruction of the natural world, yet she is thrilled by human ingenuity and here contemplates nascent technologies – including those for body heat recycling, 3D-printed human tissue and carbon capture – that may yet save our planet and our species. Slightly off-mint.
The Secret Military History of the Internet
The internet has become a market for data, amassing behavioural and factual information about its users. In the face of online and ‘real-life’ threats, investigative journalist Yasha Levine traces the origins of the internet as a method to control insurgents in the Vietnam War; follows the case of Edward Snowden, who leaked National Security Agency information about America’s global surveillance apparatus; and traces the covert links between tech giants such as Google and Facebook and intelligence agencies.
And Soon I Heard A Roaring Wind
A Natural History of Moving Air
Before the advent of weather forecasting, ships were wrecked with alarming frequency, and even today’s mathematical modelling of cyclones fails to be completely reliable. Bill Streever sets sail aboard his own yacht to discover the power of the wind first hand, while narrating an engaging history of our understanding of this force of nature, and its impact on commerce, politics and war. The book features lively portraits of meteorological pioneers including Robert Fitzroy, creator of the first published weather forecast. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.