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Stronger than a Hundred Men: A History of the Vertical Water Wheel (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology)

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Stronger than a Hundred Men: A History of the Vertical Water Wheel (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology)

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    Professor Terry S. Reynolds(Author)

Like many apparently simple devices, the vertical water wheel has been around for so long that it is taken for granted. Yet this "picturesque artifact" was for centuries man's primary mechanical source of power and was the foundation upon which mills and other industries developed.

Stronger than a Hundred Men explores the development of the vertical water wheel from its invention in ancient times through its eventual demise as a source of power during the Industrial Revolution. Spanning more than 2000 years, Terry Reynolds's account follows the progression of this labor-saving device from Asia to the Middle East, Europe, and America-covering the evolution of the water wheel itself, the development of dams and reservoirs, and the applications of water power.

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  • By Dennis Mobberley on 6 January 2010

    This is a well-written and very extensively researched and referenced book about a neglected but still-important subject.Extensive, high-quality and meaningful illustrations.A certain lack of scientific and engineering rigor comes to prominence in the ill-chosen parameters for the tabulation of waterwheel descriptions, which frustrates the computation of the likely power of historical wheels.But having said that, this is well worth the $25 or whatever you might pay for it, and is an intelligent read, far superior to the few other books on this precise topic.

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