Saturday, July 13, 2019

Historical Technology Books: The laboratory, or, School of arts : containing a large collection of valuable secrets, experiments, and manual operations in arts and manufactures ... (1799) - 19 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. Archive.org 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: The laboratory, or, School of arts : containing a large collection of valuable secrets, experiments, and manual operations in arts and manufactures ... (1799) - 19 in a series
 
 
 

PREFACE TO THE SIXTH EDITION.

THE arts have so necessary a dependance on each other, that it would he an use- less task to endeavour to point out their advan- tage to mankind. Daily experience, and in- deed the mere operation of our senses, confirm the impossibility of detailing the utility which must result from the publication of human in- ventions. The rapid progress of the physical sciences has been the occasion of much labour to the learned, whose works have been often rendered useless by the appearance of new Volumes, and has given rise to many compila- tions and abridgments. But for these compres- sions of matter into reasonable bounds, in the forms of Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias, the diffusion of knowledge would be less exten- sive ; because the price would be too high for the generality of readers, and discoveries would chance to remain scattered and uncollected.


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