The Innovators: The Engineering Pioneers who Transformed America

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A richly illustrated introduction to the engineering triumphs thatmade America modern

In this age of microchips and deep space probes, it's hard toimagine life before electricity or passenger trains. An astonishingseries of engineering innovations paved the way to the twentiethcentury, and transformed America into the world's mightiestindustrial power. The Innovators tells the exciting story of theengineering pioneers whose discoveries so dramatically alteredcommerce, industry, and world history. The book takes readers intothe workshops of America's early engineering geniuses, explaininghow they came up with their ideas and later applied them in themarketplace. Devotees of history and technology will appreciate thefinely drawn profiles of America's technical wizards, from thefamous--including Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steamboat;Samuel F.B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph; and ThomasEdison, inventor of the first electrical power network--to thelesser known, such as J. Edgar Thompson, who built the PennsylvaniaRailroad.
* From the author of the critically acclaimed The Tower and theBridge
* Features over 80 illustrations of the engineers and theirinventions
DAVID P. BILLINGTON (Princeton, New Jersey), a professor of civilengineering at Princeton University, is the author of The Tower andthe Bridge, and Robert Maillart's Bridges: The Art of Engineering,which won the 1979 Dexter Prize as the outstanding book on thehistory of technology.

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In a world rocked constantly by an almost overwhelming string of technological wonders, it's easy to lose sight of the 18th- and 19th-century engineering breakthroughs that set the stage for today's scientific and electronic advances. In The Innovators: The Engineering Pioneers Who Made America Modern, David P. Billington presents a series of intriguing profiles of such pacesetters as Robert Fulton, Thomas Edison, and Samuel Morse, whose inventions are responsible for so many of the developments we currently enjoy.

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Written from an engineering perspective, this fascinating book emphasizes the innovations that were truly basic to U.S. industrialization. The author uses a three-sided view to describe American engineering history: what great engineers actually did, the political and economic conditions within which they worked, and the influence that these designers and their achievements had on the nation. Billington explores the scientific basis of engineering through elementary formulas that also include the social issues of regulated loads, visually striking forms, acceptable risks, environmental issues, and the production of wealth.

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