Power, Speed, and Form: Engineers and the Making of the Twentieth Century

Power, Speed, and Form: Engineers and the Making of the Twentieth Century

David P. Billington


Power, pace, and Form is the 1st available account of the engineering in the back of 8 leap forward techniques that reworked American lifestyles from 1876 to 1939--the mobile, electrical energy, oil refining, the car, the aircraft, radio, the long-span metal bridge, and development with strengthened concrete. starting with Thomas Edison's procedure to generate and distribute electrical energy, the authors clarify the Bell cellphone, the oil refining strategies of William Burton and Eugene Houdry, Henry Ford's version T automobile and the reaction by way of common cars, the Wright brothers' aircraft, radio strategies from Marconi to Armstrong, Othmar Ammann's George Washington Bridge, the strengthened concrete buildings of John Eastwood and Anton Tedesko, and within the Thirties, the Chrysler Airflow automobile and the Douglas DC-3 airplane.

those thoughts used basic numerical principles, which the Billingtons combine with brief narrative money owed of every breakthrough--a exact and powerful solution to introduce engineering and the way engineers imagine. The publication exhibits how the easiest engineering exemplifies potency, economic system and, the place attainable, beauty. With Power, velocity, and Form, educators, first-year engineering scholars, liberal arts scholars, and basic readers now have, for the 1st time in a single quantity, an obtainable and readable heritage of engineering achievements that have been very important to America's improvement and which are nonetheless the rules of recent life.

Show sample text content

Download sample