The Ancient Engineers
Doubleday, 1963 - 408 páginas
This book is about those whose genius enabled the Egyptians to build their pyramids, the Phoenicians to cross stormy seas, the Romans to erect magnificent public buildings--that this carefully researched and fascinatingly written account of the advance of early technology has been written.Mr. de Camp describes the methods used by early irrigators, architects, and military engineers to build and maintain structures to serve their rulers' wants. He tells, for example, how the Pharaohs erected obelisks and pyramids, how Nebuchadnezzar fortified Babylon, how Dionysios' ordnance department invented the catapult, how the Chinese built the Great Wall, and how the Romans fashioned their roads, baths, sewers, and aqueducts. He recounts many intriguing anecdotes: an Assyrian king putting up no-parking signs in Nineveh; Plato inventing a water clock with an alarm to signal the start of his classes; Heron of Alexandria designing a coin-operated holy-water fountain; a Chinese emperor composing a poem to be inscribed on a clock invented by one of his civil servants.
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It begins : Our wonder is excited , firstly , by phenomena which occur in accordance with nature but of which we do not know the cause , and secondly by those which are produced by art despite nature for the benefit of mankind .
Such formal gardens were a Persian custom , unknown to the Greeks of the Golden Age , who cared little for the beauties of nature and who , if they planted anything , preferred something edible like onions or cabbages .
The only surviving one of his seven works , his Natural History , is the oldest existing encyclopedia . It was intended as a description of " nature , ” meaning everything not man - made or artificial .
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This was originally written in 1962, and is therefore is a little dated. Sprague de Camp has written a book all about the different civilisations and the technologies that that invented or acquired ... Leer comentario completo
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5609. The Ancient Engineers, by L. Sprague De Camp (read 21 Jan 2019) This book was first published in 1963 and hence its bibliography includes nothing after that date. It undertakes to tell of the ... Leer comentario completo
One The Coming of the Engineers
Two The Egyptian Engineers
Three The Mesopotamian Engineers
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