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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: #21092 in Books
  • 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
  • 128 pages

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

Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 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.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Exactly as advertised.
By Redneck
Really great book for its purpose, which is to illustrate various mechanical movements. I am interested in this as I am an amateur blacksmith and have a fascination with pre-electronic agrarian technology (I'm a mild-mannered Data Warehousing Architect by day, a raging Neo-Luddite homesteader by night). While I am incapable of fabricating most of these items with a forge and anvil, studying how these 20th century physical mechanisms work and transfer energy is fascinating. The early 1900s illustrations are crisply reproduced, printing quality is great. The descriptions accompanying each illustration are brief but fully adequate for understanding the physics and mechanical movements involved. Please click on the "Look Inside!" link of the book cover image to review what you will be getting. What you see is what you get, and this book fully meets all realistic expectations generated based on the "Look Inside!" preview. I will say it was a bit thinner than I expected, but it has the number of pages the description says (124) and annotated illustrations of the promised 507 Mechanical Movements.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
1This is a near useless book. It's essentially an encyclopedia of archaic drawings ...
By Jakes
This is a near useless book. It's essentially an encyclopedia of archaic drawings with a brief description.

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