By John W. Humphrey
Since precedent days, technological advances have elevated man's probabilities for survival. From the practicality of a Roman aqueduct to the paintings of the written be aware, guy has consistently tailored his surroundings to fulfill his wishes, and to supply himself with sustenance, convenience, convenience, relaxation, the next caliber of dwelling, and a thriving tradition. This concise reference resource takes a better examine six technological occasions that considerably impacted the evolution of civilization, from the Palaeolithic age to the peak of the Roman Empire. As he touches at the universal parts of historic technology—energy, machines, mining, metallurgy, ceramics, agriculture, engineering, transportation, and communication—Humphrey asks questions primary to figuring out the influence of old instruments at the sleek global: What activates switch? What cultural traditions inhibit switch? What impact do those adjustments have on their societies and civilization?
Humphrey explores applied sciences as either actual instruments and as extensions of the human physique, starting with the discovery of the Greek alphabet and together with such accomplishments as early Neolithic plant cultivation, the discovery of coinage, the construction of the Parthenon, and Rome's city water process. special line drawings of instruments and machines make historic mechanics extra simply available. basic files, word list, biographies, and a timeline courting from the Palaeolithic age to the Roman Empire around out the paintings, making this a great reference resource for knowing the instruments of the traditional world.