A Social History of Engineering by W H G Armytage

By W H G Armytage

A Social heritage of Engineering exhibits how social and fiscal stipulations in every one age have triggered advances in engineering. There are, in brief, monetary, political, and philosophical implications in altering applied sciences. whereas the e-book starts with the Stone Age, the Greeks, and the Romans, the majority of the quantity concentrates at the 19th and 20th centuries. A Social heritage of Engineering displays Professor Armytage's designated topic quarter pursuits, particularly nineteenth-century commercial society, radical and socialist hobbies, the heritage association, and the research of upper and technical schooling.

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Nor did they like mining operations, and preferred to use criminals to undertake them, which did not make for improve­ ments. In no part of the Roman Empire was there a more active mining industry than in Britain. D. 43. R. G. Collingwood, after examining all the archaeological evidence, concludes that coal was extensively mined. The three legions and their auxiliary troops stationed in Britain stimulated other native industries. Potteries (as at Holt in Denbigh­ shire), smithies (as at Templeborough, near Sheffield), a gold mine (at Dolaucothy), lead mines (in Derbyshire), tin (in Cornwall), fulling centres (at Darenth in Kent and Chedworth in Gloucester), uniforms (at Winchester); all these developed over three centuries.

Froissart, the chronicler of the time, says that 400 of them were used to capture St. Malo in 1378. One of the seventy-three guns which William Woodward made in five years at the Tower of London weighed 7 cwt. It had a large central barrel for the discharge of stones and ten surrounding barrels for discharging lead bullets of moderate size. Randolph Hatton, the Keeper of the Privy Wardrobe from 1382 to 1396 to Edward Ill's grandson and successor-Richard II, was so active in placing orders for them that 'his purchases indicate that cannon founding was becoming a considerable industry in England '.

D. 532-7, this vast brick rectangle was crowned by an enormous dome resting on four great arches. It housed splendid mosaics-which the Turks later covered over with white­ wash. D. 527-65) strengthened the protective walls of towns, repaired their aqueducts and replenished their reservoirs, baths and fountains. Tripolitania, Leptis Magna and Sabratha (founded by Severus) were improved and many new cities were established. Pro­ copius, the private secretary and legal adviser to Belisarius described in The Buildings their vast underground cisterns, aqueducts and public buildings.

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