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Power, Speed, and Form

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Beschreibung

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.

Autorentext

David P. Billington & David P. Billington Jr.



Klappentext

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.



Inhalt

List of Sidebars ix
List of Figures xi
Preface xv
Acknowledgments xxi
Chapter One: The World's Fairs of 1876 and 1939 1
Chapter Two: Edison, Westinghouse, and Electric Power 13
Chapter Three: Bell and the Telephone 35
Chapter Four: Burton, Houdry, and the Refining of Oil 57
Chapter Five: Ford, Sloan, and the Automobile 79
Chapter Six: The Wright Brothers and the Airplane 103
Chapter Seven: Radio: From Hertz to Armstrong 129
Chapter Eight: Ammann and the George Washington Bridge 155
Chapter Nine: Eastwood, Tedesko, and Reinforced Concrete 176
Chapter Ten: Streamlining: Chrysler and Douglas 199
Appendix: The Edison Dynamo and the Parallel Circuit 220
Notes 223
Index 257

Produktinformationen

Titel: Power, Speed, and Form
Untertitel: Engineers and the Making of the Twentieth Century
Autor:
EAN: 9781400849123
ISBN: 978-1-4008-4912-3
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Princeton University Press
Genre: Geografie
Anzahl Seiten: 296
Veröffentlichung: 07.08.2013
Jahr: 2013
Untertitel: Englisch