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By Cesare Rossi

This e-book describes the innovations and designs of historic engineers who're the precursors of the current. The interval levels mostly from three hundred B.C. to 1600 A.D. with numerous exceptions. a few of the oldest innovations are documented by means of archaeological unearths, usually little or no recognized, ordinarily from Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae and display a stunning modernity of their conception.

Most of the innovations offered within the first 4 elements of this e-book have been conceived as much as the past due Roman Empire and should be regarded as milestones, each one of their respective box. The 5th half concentrates on newer centuries. The 6th half bargains with a few development building techniques.

Generally, for every of the offered innovations, 3 parts of study and reference are supplied: written files (the classics), iconic references (coins, bas-reliefs, etc.) and archaeological findings.

The authors didn't write this booklet for engineers in basic terms; consequently they describe all of the units with no assuming vast technical wisdom. The authors’ major objective is to attempt to speak their enthusiasm for the innovations and the inventors of the previous and to give a contribution to the attention-grabbing research of the heritage of Engineering.

This moment version comprises new themes and chapters which are of particular curiosity to engineers.

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The steelyard has two arms having different lengths; to the shorter one is linked a pan on which is located the unknown mass W, a known (and calibrated) counterweight R can slide on the longer arm that is graduated. When hung from the hook H, obviously the equilibrium is reached if both the momentums of W and R are equal respect the pivot of the suspension hook H: W Á a ¼ R Á b ) W ¼ a Á R=b ð2:1Þ Since the counterweight R and the arm’s length a are constant, W is a function only of the distance b.

This axle (indicated as 2 in the Fig. 8 moved a third axle again with a worm gear and so on. Fig. 5 The Ancient Odometers 35 Fig. 9 Gears scheme A cinematic scheme is shown in Fig. 9. With such a cinematic scheme, the odometer could have up to five pointers that indicated units, tens, hundreds, thousands and tens of thousands steps. Of course, the gear ratios will be all equal to 10. This means that probably the worms could have 2 principles and, consequently the wheels had 20 teeth. As for the pins on the input wheel and the wheel of the carriage, Vitruvius wrote that the standard wheel diameter of a roman carriage was 4 roman feet.

The manufacturing of portable sundials was significantly developed during the Middle Ages. Portable sundials can be made in different shapes, in the following the diptych sundials and ring dials are presented. Fig. 3 Roman sundial found at Hercolaneum 44 4 Measuring Time Fig. 4 Egyptian portable sundial Fig. 5 Diptych sundial Diptych sundials are made by a couple of tablets joined by a hinge; a tin yarn is located between both the tablets’ ends, hence the yarn is tightened when the tablets are open and functions as a gnomon.

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