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1800 Mechanical Movements, Devices and Appliances (Dover Science Books)

1800 Mechanical Movements, Devices and Appliances (Dover Science Books)

1800 Mechanical Movements, Devices and Appliances (Dover Science Books)
By Gardner D. Hiscox

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Book Description

A fascinating compendium of early-twentieth-century mechanical devices, this wide-ranging work covers a variety of applications. More than 1,800 engravings — ranging from simple diagrams to detailed cross-sections — illustrate the workings of each item, from simple hooks and levers to complex machinery used in steam, motive, hydraulic, air, and electric power, navigation, gearing, clocks, mining, construction, and more.
Compiled as a ready reference for inventors, students of mechanics, artisans, and other workers, this volume features only minimal text. Its true value lies in its wealth of illustrated information, offering the quickest and most satisfactory method of conveying the exact conditions of mechanical action and construction.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #103006 in Books
  • Published on: 2007-02-27
  • Released on: 2007-02-27
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.50" h x 5.50" w x 1.00" l, .91 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 416 pages

Customer Reviews

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
2Pretty good for what it is (/how much it cost), but not what I hoped it would be. And not nearly what it COULD be.
By Techie
Would be good as a reference for possible classical problem solutions, but only so far as identifying potential options. I was hoping to get a more technical manual with more of the details about how mechanisms worked. Instead, you get a HUGE compilation of mechanisms, with the majority being exceedingly under-explained, with extremely intricate mechanisms scaled down so small as to be nearly impossible to decipher by intuition, even for the technical minded.

Also, author/editor seems to have a very bad habit of repeating near identical mechanisms with very slight variations, and not even in series! If you had each variation next to each other, it would actually be helpful. Instead they are all scattered about, and their individual differences are largely obscured. Instead of being thorough, it just appears to be sloppy editing.

Could be great if it were MUCH more detailed in descriptions and the schematics were bigger. I guess for the money, i got more than I should have expected. But I would much rather have paid 2-3x more for a legitimate, well explained version of all the content that the author attempts to shoe-horn here.

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
3A historic gem on 1900s engineering that has been butchered.
By J. M. Bond
This is a poor reproduction of a facinating 1921 engineering book. If you are interested in steam engineering, or are a steam punk fan, or want to know about the latter years of sailing mechanics, then you'll enjoy this book. The clockwork section is also interesting to people facinated by clocks.

The problem is that almost all the technology discussed no longer exists. Modern steam is very different, modern sailing bears absolutely no relationship to the hemp knots, wood sheaves and lug sails shown. Clockwork is a historic novelty these days.

The original, in 1921 must have been a gem but it is apparent that compiling and publishing this edition was a quick and dirty excercise to make a quick buck. Sections are in the wrong place, parts of chapters have become misplaces and some diagrams have the wrong captions. The OCR software to convert the text into PDF format was poor and the authors (unnamed) didn't even bother to read through the text and correct the glaringly obvious mistakes.

As an insight into the state of engineering in the early 1900s, the book is interesting. As an inspiration for modern engineering, you may well be wasting your time.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
4A favorite resource for inventors.
By Amazon Customer
Excellent book for the budding inventor and those interested in antiquated mechanisms that might prove very handy in/for modern applications.
This book is great for idea generation but due to the large number of machines covered little detail is given about any particular item. This book will be a tremendous benefit to those who are looking for brief explanations, illustrations and names for concepts/devices to springboard further research/fabrication.

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