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[Throughout the chapters of this book, the reader will be able to see that the preliminary information about machines and mechanisms is described as something already existing at the time of the treatises referring to that information. The information and the machinery itself already formed part...
[For over 2,000 years Chinese society was pre-eminent in technological development. It was only at the beginning of the fifteenth century that it began to decline and was passed by Europe. Its technology began with agricultural, textile, and war machines; it was enhanced with hydraulic machines;...
[Like since the first man appeared on the face of the Earth, in Antiquity help was sought to overcome human physical limitations and to make the hard and most difficult tasks easier. In Antiquity, slaves were forced to carry out the most arduous tasks, but solutions were also contemplated in the...
[In medieval times the most creative mechanical developments took place in the Islamic world. Some of those engineering and technological achievements are little-known due to the fact that, at that time, knowledge passed from master to apprentice through direct experience without being recorded...
[The Renaissance in Western Europe in the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries marked strong activity of recovery and revitalisation in artistic, scientific, and literature frames that overcame the stagnation of the Middle Ages. Unlike during medieval times, the opening of society during the...
[For different historically well-known reasons, the Modern Age began in Europe and it expanded with its political and cultural influence to other geographical areas by establishing European colonial empires, which have endured to the present day. The influence of European technological...
[To attempt to cover machine developments during the Industrial Revolution in just few pages is as absurd as it is impossible. This period of our history arose after the knowledge of previous eras had been accumulated and through a combination of a series of factors that resulted in a period of...
[In the western world, the practice of machine construction and the theory of mechanics came together at the end of the Renaissance with two lines of development: treatises in the form of rationally classified machine collections and machine studies as an application of mechanical physics.]
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