By Todd Shallat
As the Mississippi and different midwestern rivers inundated city after city through the summer time of 1993, involved and indignant electorate puzzled no matter if the very applied sciences and buildings meant to "tame" the rivers didn't, in reality, bring up the severity of the floods. a lot of the debate swirled round the obvious culpability of the U.S. military Corps of Engineers, the builder of a few of the flood keep an eye on structures that failed.
In this ebook, Todd Shallat examines the turbulent first century of the dam and canal construction Corps and follows the agency's upward thrust from eu antecedents throughout the growth years of river improvement after the yankee Civil battle. Combining broad study with a full of life kind, Shallat tells the tale of enormous building and engineering fiascoes, public provider and public corruption, and the increase of technological know-how and the military specialist as brokers of the state.
More than an institutional background, Structures within the Stream deals major insights into American society, which has alternately supported the general public works tasks which are a legacy of our French background and antagonistic them in response to the democratic, individualist culture inherited from Britain. it will be significant studying for a large viewers in environmental, army, and medical background, coverage reviews, and American cultural history.
By Bahattin Karagözoğlu
By Jon Scott Logel
Between 1817 and 1898, ny urban developed from a necessary Atlantic port of exchange to the heart of yank trade and tradition. With this quick advertisement development and cultural improvement, big apple got here to epitomize a nineteenth-century city. even supposing this crucial city transformation is definitely documented, the severe function of decide upon Union infantrymen became big apple engineers has, previously, remained mostly unexplored. In Designing Gotham, Jon Scott Logel examines the interesting careers of George S. Greene, Egbert L. Viele, John Newton, Henry Warner Slocum, and Fitz John Porter, all of whom studied engineering at West aspect, served within the usa military through the Civil warfare, and later complicated their civilian careers and standing throughout the construction of Victorian New York.
These influential cadets proficient at West element within the nation’s first engineering university, a application designed by means of Sylvanus Thayer and Dennis Hart Mahan that will form civil engineering in big apple and past. After the struggle, those industrious pros leveraged their schooling and armed forces event to wield major impact in the course of New York’s social, fiscal, and political transformation. Logel examines how every one engineer’s Civil conflict carrier formed his contributions to postwar actions within the urban, together with the development of the Croton Aqueduct, the construction of principal Park, and the development of the Brooklyn Bridge. Logel additionally delves into the management of latest York’s municipal departments, within which army Academy alumni interacted with big apple elites, politicians, and civilian-trained engineers. analyzing the West guidelines’ experiences—as cadets, army officials in the course of the conflict, and New Yorkers—Logel assesses how those males impacted the transforming into city, the increase of professionalization, and the arrival of Progressivism on the finish of the century.
By Richard A. Bartlett
This booklet explores the heritage of ham radio operators, emphasizing their social background and their many contributions to the technological improvement of globally communications. It lines the idea that of relays, together with the yankee Radio Relay League, from contacts as shut as 25 miles aside to operators at any place on the earth. The publication highlights the half performed by way of ham radio in lots of of the headline occasions of the part century, specially exploration and aviation “firsts”. The ways that those basically beginner operators assisted in occasions of catastrophe together with such occasions because the sinking of the Titanic and the 1937 Ohio River flood, also are examined.
By Thomas G. Mahnken
No kingdom in contemporary historical past has put larger emphasis at the position of expertise in making plans and waging battle than the us. In international battle II the wholesale mobilization of yankee technology and expertise culminated within the detonation of the atomi
By John Tresch
In the years instantly following Napoleon’s defeat, French thinkers in all fields set their minds to the matter of ways to get over the lengthy upheavals that have been set into movement by way of the French Revolution. Many challenged the Enlightenment’s emphasis on mechanics and puzzled the emerging strength of machines, looking a go back to the natural harmony of an previous age and triggering the creative and philosophical circulate of romanticism. past students have considered romanticism and industrialization in competition, yet during this groundbreaking quantity John Tresch finds how completely entwined technology and the humanities have been in early nineteenth-century France and the way they labored jointly to unite a fractured society.
Focusing on a suite of celebrated applied sciences, together with steam engines, electromagnetic and geophysical tools, early images, and mass-scale printing, Tresch appears at how new conceptions of strength, instrumentality, and organization fueled such varied advancements as brilliant literature, renowned astronomy, grand opera, positivism, utopian socialism, and the Revolution of 1848. He indicates that those that tried to fuse organicism and mechanism in a variety of methods, together with Alexander von Humboldt and Auguste Comte, charted a street now not taken that resonates today.
Essential studying for historians of technological know-how, highbrow and cultural historians of Europe, and literary and artwork historians, The Romantic desktop is poised to profoundly modify our figuring out of the medical and cultural panorama of the early 19th century.
By David Deming
encouraged by means of the instance of physics, males like Robert Boyle begun the method of adjusting alchemy into the precise technological know-how of chemistry. throughout the 18th century, ecu society turned extra secular and tolerant. Philosophers and economists built a number of the rules underpinning sleek social theories and fiscal guidelines. because the commercial Revolution essentially remodeled the area through expanding productiveness, humans turned extra prosperous, higher trained and urbanized, and the area entered an period of extraordinary prosperity and progress.
By Jonathan M. Golden
By Jeffrey Kluger
The untold tale of the old voyage to the moon that closed out one in all our darkest years with a virtually unbelievable triumph
In August 1968, NASA made a daring choice: in exactly 16 weeks, the us might release humankind’s first flight to the moon. basically the yr earlier than, 3 astronauts had burned to dying of their spacecraft, and because then the Apollo application had suffered one setback after one other. in the meantime, the Russians have been profitable the gap race, the chilly conflict used to be getting warmer through the month, and President Kennedy’s promise to place a guy at the moon via the tip of the last decade appeared bound to be damaged. but if Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and invoice Anders have been summoned to a mystery assembly and informed of the damaging challenge, they immediately signed on.
Written with all of the colour and verve of the easiest narrative non-fiction, Apollo eight takes us from project keep an eye on to the astronaut’s houses, from the try out labs to the release pad. The race to organize an untested rocket for an exceptional trip paves the way in which for the hair-raising journey to the moon. Then, on Christmas Eve, a kingdom that has suffered a horrendous 12 months of assassinations and warfare is heartened by way of an inspiring message from the trio of astronauts in lunar orbit. And while the undertaking is over—after the 1st view of the a ways facet of the moon, the 1st earth-rise, and the 1st re-entry in the course of the earth’s surroundings following a flight to deep space—the very unlikely dream of strolling at the moon without notice turns out within sight.
The complete tale of Apollo eight hasn't ever been informed, and purely Jeffrey Kluger—Jim Lovell’s co-author on their bestselling publication approximately Apollo 13—can do it justice. here's the story of a venture that used to be either a calculated probability and a wild crapshoot, a stirring account of the way 3 American heroes ceaselessly replaced our view of the house planet.
By J. D. Hunley
Focusing particularly at the engineering tradition of this system, Hunley communicates this very human facet of technological improvement via anecdotes, personality sketches, and case reviews of difficulties confronted via rocket engineers. He exhibits how one of these hugely adaptive method enabled the evolution of a highly complex know-how that used to be impressivebut decidedly now not rocket science.
detailed in its single-volume insurance of the evolution of launch-vehicle know-how from 1926 to 1991, this meticulously researched paintings will tell students and engineers attracted to the historical past of expertise and innovation, in addition to these focusing on the heritage of house flight.