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Engineering in the Ancient World, Revised Edition
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(18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Sales Rank: #277780 in Books
- Published on: 2000-09-04
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 8.25" h x .75" w x 5.50" l, .65 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 240 pages
"[Landels] has given a new dimension to our appreciation of Greek and Roman civilization. We are accustomed to appreciate what Greek and Roman artists, writers, and philosophers accomplished. We have not really understood what they achieved as engineers."--"Classical Outlook"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
I ordered this book because I needed to understand the beginnings of technology better in order to understand its progress. I expected either a childish book or one of the typical books with many dates and misconceptions about technology that tend to be prevalent in books written by history professors. Professor Landels, however, has done a great job with the subject. Despite being a history professor, he shows a great understanding of the intricacies of engineering and has built some of the devices himself. In building the devices, he has gained great insight into the problems and solutions that ancient engineers faced, and it is this insight that I find particularly interesting. There are no equations, per se, but he does explain some of the physics involved. Additionally, there are a number of illustrations that make the book easy to read. Rather than many dates, he talks about the period in general. Rather than when, the main focus of the book is how. Analyses of text from Vitruvius show that Professor Landels is a very intelligent man. The book rarely gets tedious, though, with a new problem and solution being posed every few pages. Of the several books I have read of this nature (history of technology...see other reviews), this is one of the best.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Not just for the genius.
By David Archambault
This book offered remarkable clarity on subjects that can easily require a specialized degree to understand. For reference, my degree was in computer science. The only background in engineering I have is one that can be acquired from Google and my local library.
I recommend this book to anyone with a desire to understand the technology of the Greeks and Romans and the curiosity to research what they don't understand.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Good, Balanced Non-Engineer Book
By R. keller
I'm not an engineer, but I enjoyed the non-technical language and sketches used in this book to describe Engineering in the Ancient World. It was listed in the references of a book I read about Saint Paul's biblical travels by sea. That chapter in the book was brief but insightful as were the chapters on wheels and fresh water distribution. This is a short book, an easy read, historically interesting. It is not an in-depth study, but contains sufficient math and engineering that may be of interest to technical readers as well.