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The age of electromagnetism – the power of attraction

in Engineering

March 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Engineering and Technology; History of Science and Technology. 6686 words.

‘The age of electromagnetism—the power of attraction’ shows how electromagnetism is used to perform work. It was Faraday who first showed that electromagnetism could perform work....

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The age of gravity – time for work

David Blockley.

in Engineering

March 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Engineering and Technology; History of Science and Technology. 5934 words.

‘The age of gravity — time for work’ looks at the development of the concepts of force and time, and how these affected the earliest tools which worked against the force of gravity. From...

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The age of heat – you can’t get something for nothing

David Blockley.

in Engineering

March 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Engineering and Technology; History of Science and Technology. 6300 words.

‘The age of heat — you can't get something for nothing’ explores the development of heat engines, from early steam engines up to modern methods of energy generation. Despite being easily...

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The age of information – getting smaller

in Engineering

March 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Engineering and Technology; History of Science and Technology. 4202 words.

‘The age of information — getting smaller’ examines the technology behind the information revolution. Information can be expressed digitally as patterns of high and low voltage, or...

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The age of systems – risky futures

David Blockley.

in Engineering

March 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Engineering and Technology; History of Science and Technology. 6711 words.

‘The age of systems: risky futures’ outlines the idea of system complexity in modern engineering, and how multilayered systems can lead to knowledge gaps and ultimately risk. Engineers aim...

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Bartram, William

Robert McCracken Peck.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Natural History; Science and Mathematics; History of Science and Technology; Agriculture and Farming. 1347 words.

Bartram, William (09 April 1739–22 July 1823), naturalist, artist, and explorer, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of John Bartram, a naturalist, and Ann Mendenhall. Unlike...

Bate, John (fl. 1626–1635), writer on mechanics

Steven A. Walton.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Mechanical Engineering and Materials. 329 words.

Bate, John (fl. 1626–1635), writer on mechanics, is an obscure figure; his birth and death dates, parentage, and virtually all personal details remain unknown. Bate's The Mysteries of...

Civil Engineering

David Muir Wood.

September 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Building; History of Science and Technology. 160 pages.

Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction examines the nature and importance of civil engineering in the history of civilization and urbanization. This VSI sets out the problems that...

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Civil engineering: looking forward

David Muir Wood.

in Civil Engineering

September 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Building; History of Science and Technology. 3048 words.

Civil engineering can look back on a history of finding successful solutions to all manner of problems in the infrastructure of modern society. But what of the future? ‘Civil engineering:...

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Clarke, Cuthbert (1728/9–1790), writer and lecturer on natural philosophy and agriculture

Sebastian Mitchell.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Agriculture and Farming; History of Science and Technology; Earth Sciences and Geography; Philosophy; Education. 817 words.

Clarke, Cuthbert (1728/9–1790), writer and lecturer on natural philosophy and agriculture, was probably born in Belford in Northumberland, though his origins are obscure. He spent the early...

Concept – technology – realization

in Civil Engineering

September 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Building; History of Science and Technology. 6088 words.

Engineering is concerned with finding solutions to problems. How the civil engineer goes about that process is examined in ‘Concept — technology — realization’. The interplay of these three...

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Crockett, James Underwood

Ann T. Keene.

in American National Biography Online

P ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Radio; History of Science and Technology; Agriculture and Farming. 868 words.

Crockett, James Underwood (09 October 1915–11 July 1979), gardener and writer, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the son of Earle Royce Crockett and Inez Underwood Crockett. After...

Dickinson, Henry Winram (1870–1952), historian of engineering and technology

Arthur Stowers.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Engineering and Technology. 890 words.

Dickinson, Henry Winram (1870–1952), historian of engineering and technology, was born at Ulverston, Lancashire, on 28 August 1870, the eldest son of John Dickinson, general manager and...

‘Directing the great sources of power in nature’

in Civil Engineering

September 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Building; History of Science and Technology. 5255 words.

Floods, earthquakes, and strong winds present the civil engineer with formidable problems. ‘Directing the great sources of power in nature’ examines the particular engineering challenges of...

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Elliott, William

B. N. Skardon.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Agriculture and Farming; History of Science and Technology. 1343 words.

Elliott, William (27 April 1788–03 February 1863), planter, writer, and sportsman, was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, the son of William Elliott, a planter, and Phoebe Waight. Elliott...

Engineering

David Blockley.

March 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Engineering and Technology; History of Science and Technology. 152 pages.

Engineering is part of almost everything we do — from the water we drink and the food we eat, to the buildings we live in and the roads and railways we travel on. Engineering: A Very Short...

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Ewbank, Thomas

William A. Bate.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Engineering and Technology; US Politics; History of Science and Technology; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice. 1116 words.

Ewbank, Thomas (11 March 1792–16 September 1870), commissioner of patents, inventor, and historian of technology, was born in Durham, England. Little is known of Ewbank’s parentage or early...

Ferguson, James (1710–1776), lecturer on natural philosophy and inventor of scientific instruments

Patricia Rothman.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Engineering and Technology; History of Science and Technology; Education; Science and Mathematics; Instruments and Instrumentation Engineering. 1844 words.

Ferguson, James (1710–1776), lecturer on natural philosophy and inventor of scientific instruments, was born on 25 April 1710 at Core of Mayen, Rothiemay, Banffshire, the second of at least...

From idea to reality

David Blockley.

in Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

March 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Engineering and Technology. 4990 words.

‘From idea to reality’ aims to provide a broad definition and brief history of engineering, and outlines the importance of the field in so many aspects of daily life. Engineering can be...

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Hauksbee, Francis (1688–1763), instrument maker and lecturer on science

Larry Stewart.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Education; Science and Mathematics; Instruments and Instrumentation Engineering. 1218 words.

Hauksbee, Francis (1688–1763), instrument maker and lecturer on science, was born in April 1688 in London, the son of John Hauksbee of the Drapers' Company and his wife, Mary. He was the...