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By Carroll Pursell

ISBN-10: 0631228446

ISBN-13: 9780631228448

A better half to American expertise is a groundbreaking number of unique essays that research the hard-to-define phenomenon of “technology” in the US. 22 unique essays by way of specialist students hide crucial gains of yankee expertise, together with advancements in vehicles, tv, and computingAnalyzes the ways that applied sciences are prepared, reminiscent of within the engineering occupation, executive, medication and agricultureIncludes discussions of ways applied sciences engage with race, gender, category, and different organizing constructions in American society

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Moderated population growth, higher agricultural productivity, and accumulation of mobile capital from trade and agriculture helped entrepreneurs turn to manufacturing. They could draw on experienced millwrights to build efficient waterpower systems to run the machines that reduced the brute physical labor of heavy tasks, or the endlessly repetitive tasks of spinning and weaving. Eli Whitney’s armory in Hamden, Connecticut and the Almy, Brown and Slater mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, serve as examples of the new manufactories.

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.

Livingston (1746–1813) and Robert Fulton (1765–1815) to launch the first successful steamboat operation. In 1801, Livingston, newly appointed ambassador to France, met Fulton, a Pennsylvanian living in Paris. They signed a contract to build and operate a boat on the Hudson River between New York and Albany. Fulton had built a boat in France in 1803, using side paddle wheels and a Watt-type steam engine with a separate condenser, none of which infringed on the patents of Fitch, Rumsey, or Stevens.

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