This book is an engineering history of the United States, written from an engineering perspective rather than from the standpoint of social history, and focusing on the roles of key figures. The book treats U.S. engineering history as an interplay of three perspectives: what great engineers actually did, the political and economic conditions within which they worked, and the influence that these designers and their works had on the nation. Part I, Iron, Steam, and Early Industry, 1776-1855, contains the following chapters: (1) Modern Engineering and the Transformation of America; (2) Watt, Telford, and the British Beginnings; (3) Fulton's Steamboat and the Mississippi; (4) Lowell and the American Industrial Revolution; and (5) Francis and the Industrial Power Network. Part II, Crossing the Continent, 1830-1883, includes the following chapters: (6) The Stephensons, Thomson, and the Eastern Railroads; (7) Henry, Morse, and the Telegraph; (8) St. Louis versus Chicago and the Continental Railroads; (9) Carnegie and the Climax of Steel; (10) Edison and the Network for Light; and (11) The Centennial Revolutions, 1876-1883. An Index is provided.

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    John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated

    111 River Street
    Hoboken, NJ  United States  07030-6000
  • Authors:
    • Billington, D P
  • Publication Date: 1996


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 255 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00727258
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0471140260
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 10 1996 12:00AM