Aubrey F. Burstall

  • Simple Working Models Of Historic Machines

    Simple Working Models Of Historic Machines

    Aubrey F. Burstall

    Designed for the mechanically curious and venturesome, this book presents descriptions and model plans for a great variety of ingenious tools, devices, and engines invented over a span of history ranging from prehistory and antiquity to the Renaissance and recent centuries.

    The author writes that his book “is intended for all those who like to experiment and make things work, from the schoolboy upwards. It will help them to experience the pleasure and satisfaction of making things with their own hands.

    “Simple instructions are given for making and putting to work models of scientific and historic significance, while suggesting their place in the advance of technical progress through the ages.”

    Photographs of built models and drawings of historical examples animate the descriptions of some of the machines, while for each of the 35 machines a full-page scaled drawing of the model to be built is provided. Although fully adequate, these plans purposely do not specify dimensions and materials in such detail as to prelude inventiveness and machine-shop ingenuity on the part of the builder. The models are not meant to be exact, scaled duplicates of particular historical examples, but rather abstractions of their working essence.

    In the process of learning from experience the techniques of good mechanical craftsmanship, the model builder principles of the science of mechanics. Because they embody these basic principles in the simplest ways, most of the mechanisms described in the book are still in use, either unchanged in primitive hands, or refined and incorporated into sophisticated devices.

    The 35 machines are divided into six general groups: ancient machine tools, lifting devices, mechanisms, machines for pumping and water raising, blowing machines, and heat engines. Among the more famous of the machines are Leonardo's lathe, the screw generating device, the coin-in-the-slot machine, Foliot and verge escapement, the Archimedean snail, the Ctesibian pump. Hero whirling Aeolipile, and the Arabian grappling device.

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  • A History of Mechanical Engineering

    Aubrey F. Burstall

    Professor Burstall gives us a record of the machines, mechanical inventions and ideas from ancient times up to today that appear to him to have been most significant for the art and science of mechanical engineering. Contrary to popular belief the history of mechanical engineering did not begin with the steam engine and the industrial evolution; a great many machines and mechanical processes were used from very early times in Egypt, China, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and the Arab world. The problem of transportation has always inspired a remarkable number of mechanical inventions. At the same time Professor Burstall gives us an account of the foundation and growth of application of the sciences of thermodynamics, mechanics and metal-cutting, and of the development of automatic control, mass-production and aeronautics.

    The almost 300 illustrations and the copious references at the end of each chapter will make this particularly valuable book. A history of inventions rather than of inventors, it will appeal to the student, teacher and general reader alike.

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