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
This survey of commercial art and design created by the electronics industry between 1917 and 1965 to promote its products, traces 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.
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.
The Seventy Great Inventions of the Ancient World
Beginning with basic technologies including stone tools, pottery and metallurgy, this selection covers many less obvious, but no less crucial inventions such as eyed needles that made warm clothing possible or the camel saddle that opened the Sahara to long-distance trade. The five richly illustrated sections – on technologies, transportation, hunting and warfare, art and science and personal adornment – range across time from prehistory to 500 CE in the ‘Old World’ and the fall of the Aztecs (1520 CE) in the Americas.