This volume, The Expansion of Mechanization, is devoted to the period of approximately 1725 to 1860. In these years appeared all the characteristics of the industrial civilization in which we now live. All the technological discoveries of our civilization during this period are described in historical context, as well as their inventors and the associated techniques which provided the groundwork for the discoveries.
Each chapter is written by a distinguished expert in the field especially for this book and represents original work rather than a synthesis of earlier material. The discussion includes methods of production of power, such as the windmill, the waterwheel, and the steam engine; progress in mechanization; measurement of time; unification of the system of measures; developments in transportation and communication, such as roads, bridges, canals, ports, ships, railroads, lighter-than-air craft; the telegraph; military techniques; building construction; sanitation; agriculture, mining, metallurgy; rise of heavy chemical industry; the textile industry; and printing.
Full coverage is given in text and illustrations to American developments.
We see that during this period not only did actual inventions follow each other at an increasingly rapid rate, but almost all of these led to industrial innovations which completely transformed the base for evolution of our civilization.
Lavishly illustrated with photographs, drawings, and diagrams, which are clearly understandable both to the novice and the technician, The Expansion of Mechanization is equally as fascinating as a chronicle of industrial civilization as the earlier two volumes in the series, The Origins of Technological Civilization and The First Stages of Mechanization. The volumes are indispensable for the interested reader because they offer a deeper appreciation of how things work and the manner in which both individual talents and historical circumstances contributed to the development of technology.