Carroll Pursell's A Companion to American Technology PDF

By Carroll Pursell

ISBN-10: 0631228446

ISBN-13: 9780631228448

A spouse to American expertise is a groundbreaking selection of unique essays that learn the hard-to-define phenomenon of “technology” in the USA.

  • 22 unique essays through specialist students disguise an important beneficial properties of yank expertise, together with advancements in cars, tv, and computing
  • Analyzes the ways that applied sciences are equipped, reminiscent of within the engineering occupation, executive, drugs and agriculture
  • Includes discussions of ways applied sciences engage with race, gender, classification, and different organizing buildings in American society

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But he quickly realized that he needed help. In Philadelphia, he found William Weston (1753–1833), an Englishman supervising construction of a shorter canal to connect Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna and Schuylkill Rivers. Weston had learned most of what he knew about canal construction from James Brindley (1716–62), who completed the Duke of Bridgewater’s famous canal in Britain in 1761. Eager to visit Boston, Weston looked at the Middlesex Canal project in early 1794. In just two weeks, he used a telescopic leveling instrument to accurately survey the entire canal route, advised on building materials, instructed how to seal the canal by puddling the bottom and sides with clayey soil, and drew up designs for locks and valve gate machinery.

Eliot was a keen observer of all kinds of natural phenomena. While watching a brook, he noted how the flowing water carrying sand grains could sort them into deposits of different mineral content. Upon taking some of the dark grains home, he found that a magnet would pick them up. Jared realized that the black sand might be an iron ore purer than the bog ore then commonly used in southern New England, and that iron made from pure ore might be converted to good quality steel, then very much in demand.

Between 1800 and 1860, iron consumption increased fivefold and the rolling of rails was perfected. The most important technical innovation in the industry, however, was the adoption of the Bessemer-Kelley steel-making process that burned carbon out of molten iron by blowing highly pressurized cold air through it. Developed in 1855 by Henry Bessemer (1813–98) in Britain and perhaps simultaneously in the United States by Kentucky ironmaster William Kelly (1811–88), the process was capitalized on by the entrepreneur Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919).

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