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“Almost the Greatest Invention”

Elting E. Morison

in Men, Machines, and Modern Times

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262529310
eISBN:
9780262336581
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262529310.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter describes the development of the Bessemer steel process. In spring 1862, a rail of Bessemer steel was laid down between two abutting iron rails in the Camden yard of the London and ... More


The Growth of Industrial Enterprise, Large and Small

Richard H. Tilly and Michael Kopsidis

in From Old Regime to Industrial State: A History of German Industrialization from the Eighteenth Century to World War I

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226725437
eISBN:
9780226725574
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226725574.003.0013
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter draws on recent research into German patent activity during the Wilhelminian period. It shows the importance of the national Patent Law of 1877 as a basic institutional point of ... More


Fuel and Materials

Robert B. Gordon and Patrick M. Malone

in The Texture of Industry: An Archaeological View of the Industrialization of North America

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195058857
eISBN:
9780197561089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195058857.003.0014
Subject:
Archaeology, North American Archaeology

As American entrepreneurs enlarged their undertakings and began to shift them from waterpowered shops in the countryside to factories in the cities, they created a demand for new sources of energy ... More


Men, Machines, and Modern Times

Elting E. Morison

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262529310
eISBN:
9780262336581
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262529310.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

People have had trouble adapting to new technology ever since (perhaps) the inventor of the wheel had to explain that a wheelbarrow could carry more than a person. This little book describes how we ... More


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