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 artwork of the written note, guy has constantly tailored his atmosphere to fulfill his wishes, and to supply himself with sustenance, convenience, convenience, rest, a better caliber of residing, 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 components of old technology―energy, machines, mining, metallurgy, ceramics, agriculture, engineering, transportation, and communication―Humphrey asks questions relevant to figuring out the impression of old instruments at the glossy international: What activates swap? What cultural traditions inhibit swap? What impression do those alterations 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 approach. precise 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 an amazing reference resource for knowing the instruments of the traditional world.