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507 Mechanical Movements: Mechanisms and Devices (Dover Science Books)

507 Mechanical Movements: Mechanisms and Devices (Dover Science Books)

507 Mechanical Movements: Mechanisms and Devices (Dover Science Books)
By Henry T. Brown

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Book Description

Epicyclic trains, oblique rollers, trip hammers, and lazy-tongs are among the ingenious mechanisms defined and illustrated in this intriguing collection. Spanning the first century of the Industrial Revolution, this 1868 compilation features simplified, concise illustrations of the mechanisms used in hydraulics, steam engines, pneumatics, presses, horologes, and scores of other machines.
The movements of each of the 507 mechanisms are depicted in drawings on the left-hand page, and the facing page presents a brief description of the item's use and operation. Ranging from simple to intricately complex, the mechanisms offer a fascinating view of the variety of small components that constitute complex machinery. A detailed index provides easy reference to specific mechanisms.
Inventors, tinkerers, and anyone with an interest in the history of invention and technology will find this volume a treasury of information and inspiration.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #90286 in Books
  • Brand: Dover Publications
  • Published on: 2005-08-15
  • Released on: 2005-08-15
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 7.25" h x 6.25" w x .50" l, .32 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 96 pages


  • Dover Publications

Editorial Reviews

Over five hundred simple mechanical movements from AmericaUs first one hundred years of the Industrial RevolutionIFor those who share an interest in mechanical things, this book is addictive. Through the use of simplified, concise drawings, here are 507 of the small components which make up complex machinery, in areas as diverse as C.R. OtisUs safety stop for the elevator, PickeringUs governor for a steam engine, ArnoldUs escapement for watches, compound parallel rules, piston rod guides, the grasshopper beam engine and a self recording level for surveyors. The list goes on and on in fascinating variety. Each movement is explained and illustrated. Many could be made out of wood as sculptures or study models. Fascinating reading. 122 pages. 6" x 9". Soft cover. -- Book Description

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
2I saw some good reviews on the Kindle edition
By Rick McEntire
I saw some good reviews on the Kindle edition, but I have just the paperback edition. And it does not meet my needs. The reviews I read on the Kindle edition says it has a cross-reference. The paperback edition does not.

Drawings and very short descriptions, that's all you'll find in this book. No instructions on building any of the movements, no measurements, although a few of the pulley type drawings I saw did have ratios in the description.

I wanted something to help me build simple toys out of wood and cardboard, plastic and string. I wanted to be able to search for ideas like using a motor to make levers wave in different directions, but this book does not have a way of searching the drawings. It doesn't have exploded views to help you make your own. It only has drawings and short descriptions. It did not suit my needs.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4507 Mechanical Movements: Mechanisms and Devices [Kindle Edition] by Henry T. Brown
By CDP's badhabit of purchasing
I purchased 507 Mechanical Movements: Mechanisms and Devices by Henry T. Brown, to have a source of information and examples of the Mechanical Engineering device concepts to reference while using other texts and studying Mechanical Engineering in review. I know the five hundred mechanisms and devices are in drawings and illustrations, rather than digital or CAD drawings, but you can spend a lot of money purchasing CAD drawn examples of this type. Each of the mechanisms is illustrated with drawings and descriptions of how it is used. This digital edition includes an handy index to the contents also.

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
By Carmen Shenk
I bought this for my brilliant inventive husband and he loves this book. As he's reading, I often hear him exclaiming over the various things he has found in there, comparing them with other things he has used or read about. He loved this gift and I'm so happy! We both believe that the mechanical solution is often far better than the electronic one, and this book is an excellent resource as we move more of our lives off-grid.

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