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By Donald R. Hill

During this entire background, Donald Hill opens a window on medieval and classical engineering. The booklet makes a speciality of on Greece, Rome and medieval Western Europe, but additionally comprises attention-grabbing info on center jap technology.

Documenting over 1800 years, Donald Hill illustrates how classical and medieval engineers designed early irrigation platforms, dams, bridges, clocks and the way they harnessed the facility of either water and wind. operating principally with no quantified, medical foundation for his or her designs, those early engineers studied the homes of fabrics and how within which fluids and solids behaved in sure stipulations. They then utilized this information to successfully clear up difficulties. This interesting research files over 1800 years of early engineering.

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Their results were by no means wholly theoretical. It is worth quoting in full what Bertrand Gille has to say about the greatest early worker in this field: Archimedes of Syracuse (c. 287–212 BC), greatest of all the ancient exponents of mechanics and one of the greatest mathematicians of all time, was the first of the long line of those who have promoted science by propounding practical and definite problems. Like Pythagoras and Archytas, like the Egyptian and Babylonian surveyors before him, and like Leonardo and Galileo after him, Archimedes was a geometer because geometry is a technician’s science.

And annotated by Donald R. Hill (Reidel, Dordrecht, 1974). 17. Theophilus, On Divers Arts, tr. from the Latin with introduction and notes by John G. , New York, 1979). 18. The Banū Mūsà, The Book of Ingenious Devices, tr. and annotated by Donald R. Hill (Reidel, Dordrecht, 1979). 19. There is no comprehensive work on tools. This note is taken from the following: Richard S. Hartenberg, ‘Hand Tools’, in Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th edn (1974) pp. W. Symonds 45 ‘Furniture: Post-Roman’, pp. G. Thomson, ‘The Medieval Artisan’, pp.

Terrace irrigation is a method used in hilly country and consists of the formation of a series of terraces stepped down a hillside. The effort required is high in relation to the levels of production, but if the land is the sole livelihood of a family or a community there is a no alternative. It is impressive and rather moving to see the terraced hillsides in the mountains of Lebanon or Italy, for example, where some of the plots are only a few square metres in area. Irrigation is by means of stored rainfall, wells, springs and occasionally qanats.

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