Saturday, June 29, 2019

Historical Technology Books: Technology Review by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1899) - 18 in a series

Technology isn't just computers, networks and phones. Technology has always been part of the human experience. All of our ancestors have looked for ways to help them survive and do less work for more gain. has a host of old technology books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. Many of the technologies discussed within these books are being put to use again these days in the back to the land" and homesteading movements. You might even find something that could address one of your own garden or farm issues but has been lost to time and history. Enjoy! --Douglas

Historical Technology Books: Technology review by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1899) - 18 in a series

The wonderful facilities they offer to the Tech Student of today* Expansion of department 300 per cent. Equip ment modem and practical. 
Many of the older alumni will recall the engineering laboratories wfaen located in the basement of Rogers Building, In 1886 these laboratories contained a Harris Corliss engine, a Porter Allen en^e, a cabrimeter, a belt machine, two testing machines and some minor apparatus. When Engineering Building A was built on Trinity place^ these laboratories were given a much larger floor space, occupying at that time about 16,000 square feet. Tliis was increased later by the addition of Engineering Building B and the Pierce Building, untO at the time of moving a total floor space of something over £5,000 square feet was available* 
The engineering laboratories in the new Technology cover an area* exclusive of offices and corridors, of about 70,000 square feet. Before planning the laboratories a study was made of the equip ments of the leading engineering schools both in this country and abroad. A number of the staflF having had opportunity to inspect foreign schools were familiar with their equipment. Many of the leading steam, hydraulic, and refrigerating engineers were asked to criticise the preliminary plans and assistance of great value was obtained through this means. 
The equipment of the laboratories was selected with the following objects in view: First, to give a student practice in such experimental work as an engineer in the pursuit of his profession is called upon to perform; and second, to provide ample facilities for original mvesttgation and research in engineering subjects.

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