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Social and industrial history

This section picks up books that will hopefully interest our readers in the area of social history and industrial archeology, how people lived, the technology people used and the places they worked.


SKU: l/144/000
Binding: Paperback: 189 pages
Anyone alive in the 18th 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.
Green Pages - The Business of saving the World
SKU: gp/376/000
Binding: Paperback: 256 pages
Both a handbook and a directory," Green Pages" details the future influence of environmental issues on European business and the changes in technology, design, research and politics that these issues engender.
The Lost Journals of Nikola Tesla - ebook
SKU: ljnt/ebook/000

Tesla is preceded in greatness only by Michael Faraday who in 1831 rocked the scientific world with his discovery that magnetism can produce electricity, if it is accompanied by motion. Faraday discovered the principle, but not how to make it power the world; Tesla alone accomplished this singular feat. Tesla is one of only two Americans to have a unit of electrical measurement named in his honor. Names for units of electrical measurement are derived by using the names of scientists who made the greatest contributions in electrical science, forming perhaps the most elite group in the world. Throughout the entire history of electrical science only fifteen men worldwide have received this honor. Tesla is one of these great men. In addition, Tesla received fifteen honorary degrees from famous universities worldwide, including Yale and Columbia in the United States.


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Petrol-Driven Motor Cars (1909)
SKU: pdmc/cam/062/000
Binding: Paperback: 24 pages

There is a huge amount of information on all aspects of the early development of the petrol-driven car up to 1909 in the 23 pages of this booklet. Amongst others you get information on the chassis, steering, wheels, transmissions, ignition, motors, and their balancing, all extracted from A Text-Book of Mechanical Engineering, published in London in 1909 although the contents cover British, European and American developments. 35 drawings and diagrams.

The History of Hot Air Engines
SKU: thohae/ebook/000/000
Binding: pdf document - in presentation format


  • Preface
  • The hot-air drive in the 2nd century before the Christian era.
  • The requirement of portable power during the Industrial Revolution, Stirling, Ericsson, Rider, Lehmann, Buschbaum and others.
  • The electricity need in remote areas, the Philips idea 1937 - 1979
  • The Stirling-renaissance, Sun-driven, Combined Heat and Power
  • Stirling, the air-independent motor, AISP
  • Different thermic principles, Motors, Refrigerators, Heatpumps
  • The Stirling-refrigerator, Windhausen, Philips, AIM
  • Different working-mediums, air, gas, water, metals
  • The hot-air motor as toy, investment or speculation?
  • The function of the Stirling motor
  • Construction types, Stirling, Ericsson, Ringbom, Freikolben, Rupp, Vacuum-motor.
  • The rulers of the game for the model constructor: The hot-air engine
  • Epilogue
  • Sources
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Terra Cotta Work - Modelling, Moulding, and Firing
SKU: cam/tcw/236/000
Binding: Softback

This book covers in detail the factory production techniques of the late 19th Century and early 20th Century. The production of mantles, chimney pots, sculptures and etc... It is a reprint of a 1905 book.

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