By Donald R. Hill
During this accomplished heritage, Donald Hill opens a window on medieval and classical engineering. The publication specializes in on Greece, Rome and medieval Western Europe, but in addition contains attention-grabbing details on heart japanese technology.
Documenting over 1800 years, Donald Hill illustrates how classical and medieval engineers designed early irrigation structures, dams, bridges, clocks and the way they harnessed the ability of either water and wind. operating principally with out a quantified, medical foundation for his or her designs, those early engineers studied the houses of fabrics and how during which fluids and solids behaved in convinced stipulations. They then utilized this information to successfully remedy difficulties. This attention-grabbing research records over 1800 years of early engineering.
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It was often possible, at certain periods, for a master mason, carpenter or metalworker to reach a position of high responsibility. It is of course obvious that there have always been large numbers of workers — skilled and unskilled — who never have risen high in the ranks of society. The question of the varying status of artisans throughout the classical and medieval periods is a topic of great complexity, which it is beyond the scope of this book to discuss in any detail. At certain times artisans, even if they were not actually slaves, were subject to strict control.
One such occurred about the year AD 629, resulting in major changes in the courses of the rivers, and in a great extension to the swamplands. 1 shows the topography in Iraq in medieval times. The Great Swamp then covered an area of about 200 miles by 50. At its northern end the Euphrates discharged into the swamp through its main course, which flowed past the city of Kūfa; its present course, flowing past Hilla, was then a great irrigation canal called the Nahr Sūra. The Tigris flowed well to the west of its present course, which was also its course before the floods of the seventh century.
One of its most fertile areas was centred on the city of Marv, on the river Murghab, which provided the irrigation water for extensive farmlands. 17 Surpassing all these, however, was the province of Sughd — ancient Sogdiana, now part of the Uzbek SSR. The mainstay of its fertility was the Sughd river, now called the Zarafshan, which flowed through the great cities of Samarkand and Bukhara. Also important was the smaller river to the south upon which the cities of Kish and Nasaf were located. Both rivers ended in marshes or shallow lakes in the western desert towards Khwarizm.
A History of Engineering in Classical and Medieval Times by Donald R. Hill