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Industrial Biography Iron Workers And Tool Makers

Autor: Samuel Smiles
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
ISBN: 147337118X
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Originally published in 1889, this is a comprehensively detailed study of the iron work and tool making industries and the men who led them, written by the acknowledged master of industrial biography. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. Contents Include: Iron and Civilization Beginnings of the Iron-Manufacture in Britain Iron Smelting By Pit-Coal, Dud Dudley Andrew Yarranton Coalbrookdale Iron Works, The Darbys and Reynoldses Invention of Cast Steel, Benjamin Huntsman The Inventions of Henry Cort The Scotch Iron Manufacture, Dr. Roebuck, David Mushet Invention of the Hot Blast, James Beaumont Neilson Mechnical Inventions and Inventors Joseph Bramah Henry Maudslay Joseph Clement Fox of Derby, Murray of Leeds, Roberts and Whitworth of Manchester James Nasmyth William Fairbairn Weapons and Implements of Copper, Bronze and Iron Smelting of Iron by Coke Invention of the Slide-Rest Mr. Babbage's Calculating Machine

Victorian Biography Reconsidered

Autor: Juliette Atkinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199572135
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Victorian Biography Reconsidered seeks to overthrow deep-seated preconceptions about Victorian biography by demonstrating that, long before our current cultural preoccupation with the lives of neglected or unknown men and women, Victorian biographers sought to bring such subjects to public attention. Through an examination of numerous biographies, from the lives of working-class scientists to minor women writers, this book examines how and whynineteenth-century biographers challenged the contemporary obsession with 'Great Men'. What emerges is that biographers were eager to take on the role of cultural mediator, which helped them assert their importance at a time when the status of men of letters and the nature of the reading public were undergoing profoundchanges. Most surprisingly of all, they showed comparatively little interest in conferring immortality on their subjects, but were more interested in stimulating a feeling of gratitude for hidden labour, both manual and intellectual, that sustained the nation.

The Life Of Thomas Telford

Autor: Samuel Smiles
ISBN: 9781406575743
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Samuel Smiles (1812-1904), was a Scottish author and reformer. In 1838, he was invited to become the editor for the Leeds Times. In 1845, he left the Leeds Times and became secretary to the Leeds and Thirsk Railway and then, nine years later, the South Eastern Railway. In 1866, he left this position to be president of the National Provident Institution. As editor of the Leeds Times, he advocated radical causes ranging from women's suffrage to free trade to parliamentary reform. He is best known today as the writer of books extolling virtues of self help, and biographies lauding the achievements of "heroic" engineers. His self-help books have been citied as influential on the New Thought Movement in late 19th century America and England. His works include: Self- Help: With Illustrations of Conduct and Perseverance (1859), Industrial Biography: Iron Workers and Tool Makers (1863), The Life of Thomas Telford (1867), Character (1871), Thrift (1875), Men of Invention and Industry (1874), Jasmin: Barber, Poet, Philanthropist (1891) and A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of John Murray (1891).


Autor: Dava Sobel
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9780802779434
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The dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of one man's forty-year obsession to find a solution to the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--"the longitude problem." Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day-and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives and the increasing fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. One man, John Harrison, in complete opposition to the scientific community, dared to imagine a mechanical solution-a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.

The Huguenots In France

Autor: Smiles, Samuel
Publisher: Delmarva Publications, Inc.
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This book is illustrated. Six years since, I published a book entitled The Huguenots: their Settlements, Churches, and Industries, in England and Ireland. Its object was to give an account of the causes which led to the large migrations of foreign Protestants from Flanders and France into England, and to describe their effects upon English industry as well as English history. It was necessary to give a brief résumé of the history of the Reformation in France down to the dispersion of the Huguenots, and the suppression of the Protestant religion by Louis XIV under the terms of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Under that Act, the profession of Protestantism was proclaimed to be illegal, and subject to the severest penalties. Hence, many of the French Protestants who refused to be "converted," and had the means of emigrating, were under the necessity of leaving France and endeavoring to find personal freedom and religious liberty elsewhere. The refugees found protection in various countries. The principal portion of the emigrants from Languedoc and the South-Eastern provinces of France crossed the frontier into Switzerland, and settled there, or afterwards proceeded into the states of Prussia, Holland, and Denmark, as well as into England and Ireland. The chief number of emigrants from the Northern and Western seaboard provinces of France, emigrated directly into England, Ireland, America, and the Cape of Good Hope. In my previous work, I endeavored to give as accurate a description as was possible of the emigrants who settled in England and Ireland, to which, the American editor of the work (the Hon. G. P. Disosway) has added an account of those who settled in the United States of America.