Bryan Lawton, Ph.D. (1970), Salford University, currently Reader in Thermal Power at Cranfield University. His research fields include engines, guns, rockets, skin burns and computer tomography. He has co-authored books on transient temperatures, ballistics, and trauma.
Historians, archaeologists, engineers, and students of the history of technology who wish to gain a deeper understanding of pre-industrial engineering technology, and in particular those working on reconstructive or industrial archaeology.
'...a most readable book, copiously illustrated and referenced with an extensive bibliography, showing a considerable depth of scholarship with much new analytical material.'
John Anning, Transactions of the Newcomen Society, 2005.
'Lawton nicely traces the history of mechanical engineering development along with its interesting and ingenious machines...This set, with its good illustrations and indexes, well presents an interesting, informative early history of mechanical engineering. Highly recommended '
M.G. Prasad, Choice, 2005.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Machine Elements
Chapter 2 Power Transmission
Chapter 3 Power, Food, and Slavery
Chapter 4 Muscular Work and Power
Chapter 5 Muscle technology
Chapter 6 Waterpower
Chapter 7 Wind and Other Sources of Power
Chapter 8 Characteristics of Transport
Chapter 9 Land Transport - Prehistory and the Ancient Civilisations - Persia, Greece and Rome - Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern
Chapter 10 Land Transport technology
Chapter 11 Water Transport
Chapter 12 Ship Technology
Chapter 13 Undersea and Aerial Transport
Chapter 14 Attitudes to Manufacture
Chapter 15 Agriculture - Introduction
Chapter 16 Ancient and Medieval Mining
Chapter 17 Renaissance and Early Modern Mining
Chapter 18 Ancient and Medieval Metalworking
Chapter 19 Renaissance and Early Modern Metalworking
Chapter 20 Textile Manufacture
Chapter 21 Warfare
Chapter 22 Ancient and Classical Weapons
Chapter 23 Medieval and Early Modern Weapons
Chapter 24 Weapons Technology