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10 thoughts on “Power, Speed, and Form: Engineers and the Making of the Twentieth Century

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    This is the second book by the senior author explaining engineering principles with simple math He also shows how equations may also be drastically misinterpreted or not pertinent Chapters on electricity, light bulbs, telephone, flying, radio, bridges, cars, concrete construction, streamlining

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    Power, Speed, and Form talks about eight of the big innovations that changed the world in the late 19th early 20th century, being the telephone, electrical power, oil refining, the automobile, the airplane, the radio, the long span steel bridge, and building with reinforced concrete It also looks at the major figures that contributed to these innovations, and the development of the field of engineering in the process.In the electrical power chapter, Edison s invention of the incandescent light bulb is discussed, as well as his attempts to create generating plants and networks to provide power for these lights Edison insisted on direct current networks, while his rival George Westinghouse was able to develop an alternate current network that is practical over long distances, and is used today Interestingly, Edison s inventions were not just a direct application of science, but actually doing things that almost all prominent scientists at the time believed impossible due to faulty assumptions Edison thought as an engineer, rather than a scientist Later formally trained engineers were able to solve incremental problems in the new electrical network industry by applying scientific knowledge.The telephone chapter was my favorite, largely due to the story of Alexander Grahm Bell Most people thought a telephone was just an odd parlor trick, and the serious money lay in expanding the amount of messages that could be sent on telegraph lines However Bell eventually did convince...

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Power, Speed, and Form: Engineers and the Making of the Twentieth Century Power, Speed, And Form Is The First Accessible Account Of The Engineering Behind Eight Breakthrough Innovations That Transformed American Life From 1876 To 1939 The Telephone, Electric Power, Oil Refining, The Automobile, The Airplane, Radio, The Long Span Steel Bridge, And Building With Reinforced Concrete Beginning With Thomas Edison S System To Generate And Distribute Electric Power, The Authors Explain The Bell Telephone, The Oil Refining Processes Of William Burton And Eugene Houdry, Henry Ford S Model T Car And The Response By General Motors, The Wright Brothers Airplane, Radio Innovations From Marconi To Armstrong, Othmar Ammann S George Washington Bridge, The Reinforced Concrete Structures Of John Eastwood And Anton Tedesko, And In The 1930s, The Chrysler Airflow Car And The Douglas DC 3 Airplane These Innovations Used Simple Numerical Ideas, Which The Billingtons Integrate With Short Narrative Accounts Of Each Breakthrough A Unique And Effective Way To Introduce Engineering And How Engineers Think The Book Shows How The Best Engineering Exemplifies Efficiency, Economy And, Where Possible, Elegance With Power, Speed, And Form, Educators, First Year Engineering Students, Liberal Arts Students, And General Readers Now Have, For The First Time In One Volume, An Accessible And Readable History Of Engineering Achievements That Were Vital To America S Development And That Are Still The Foundations Of Modern Life.

  • Hardcover
  • 270 pages
  • Power, Speed, and Form: Engineers and the Making of the Twentieth Century
  • David P. Billington
  • English
  • 07 October 2019
  • 9780691102924