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An Uncommon History of Common Things

By: Bethanne Patrick,John Thompson

Price: $11.95

Publisher: FALL: November 2011

Seller ID: 17937

ISBN: 1435137140

Condition: New


Sometime about 30,000 years ago, somebody stuck a sharp rock into a split stick--and presto The axe was born. Our inquisitive species just loves tinkering, testing, and pushing the limits, and this delightfully different book is a freewheeling reference to hundreds of customs, notions, and inventions that reflect human ingenuity throughout history. From hand tools to holidays to weapons to washing machines, "An Uncommon History of Common Things" features hundreds of colorful illustrations, timelines, sidebars, and more as it explores just about every subject under the sun. Who knew that i... View more info

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Waterpower in Lowell: Engineering and Industry in Nineteenth-Century America (Johns Hopkins Introductory Studies in the History of Technology)

By: Patrick M. Malone

Price: $10.95

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press: November 2009

Seller ID: 16978

ISBN: 0801893062

Condition: New


Patrick M. Malone demonstrates how innovative engineering helped make Lowell, Massachusetts, a potent symbol of American industrial prowess in the 19th century. Waterpower spurred the industrialization of the early United States and was the principal power for textile manufacturing until well after the Civil War. Industrial cities therefore grew alongside many of America's major waterways. Ideally located at Pawtucket Falls on the Merrimack River, Lowell was one such city--a rural village rapidly transformed into a booming center for textile production and machine building. Malone explai... View more info