Technology & Engineering

Twentieth Century Inventions: A Forecast

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George Sutherland

This work from 1901 predicts what technological developments will manifest in the twentieth century. The author, a technical journalist, pre…

The Story of the Atlantic Cable

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Sir Charles Bright

The electric telegraph, together with the railway-train and the steamship, constituted the three most conspicuous features of late 19th cent…

The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph

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Henry M. Field

Cyrus W. Field had a dream: to link the Old World of Britain and Europe to that of the New World of North America by a telegraph cable stret…

The Night The Mountain Fell; The Story Of The Montana-Yellowstone Earthquake

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Edmund Christopherson

A severe earthquake, centered in the vacation area of West Yellowstone, Montana, shook the ground and its inhabitants and visitors on August…

Instructions to Light Keepers

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United States Lighthouse Board

"Office of the Light-House Board, Washington, D.C. July 1, 1881. The following Instructions are published for the guidance of light-kee…

San Francisco Before And After The Earthquake

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William Henry Irwin and Willi Irwin

As all but Martians know (and who knows, perhaps even they), the city of San Francisco, California, was destroyed by massive earthquake and …

Passages from the Life of a Philosopher

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Charles Babbage

Some men write their lives to save themselves from ennui, careless of the amount they inflict on their readers. Others write their persona…

Time Telling Through the Ages

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Harry Chase Brearley

A history of timekeeping from the stone age through to American mass production, covering timepieces from the sundial and water clock throug…

The Hurricane Hunters

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Ivan Ray Tannehill

This 1955 book by an acknowledged authority is an absorbing account of meteorology before the advent of weather satellites. “This is the li…

The Romance of Modern Invention

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Archibald Williams

This is a volume of exploration into the newest inventions of the turn of the previous century. Journalist Archibald Williams walks the read…

Recordings on MP3 players and other portable devices 'Written in March' (Microp…

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William Wordsworth

This is a project which will allow us to compare recording quality of different mp3 players and portable recording devices. Each reader has …

London (Ancient And Modern) From The Sanitary And Medical Point Of View

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George Vivian Poore

This little book is an expansion of two addresses delivered in January, 1889. One deals with sanitary issues in London. The other deals with…

A Treatise on Staff Making and Pivoting

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Eugene Edward Hall

This instruction manual contains complete directions for making and fitting new staffs for watches from raw material. The author refers to s…

Marvels of Modern Science

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Paul Severing

The purpose of this little book is to give a general idea of a few of the great achievements of our time. For instance, the flying machine i…

Umbrellas and Their History

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William Sangster

A whimsically serious look at the umbrella and society. (summary by Clarica)

John Gutenberg, First Master Printer: His Acts and Most Remarkable Discourses a…

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Franz Von Dingelstedt

This is a brief sketch of the last years of the life of Johannes (John) Gutenberg, the man who invented the movable letter press. We join hi…

Fires and Fire-Fighters

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John Kenlon

John Kenlon became a New York City firefighter in 1887, and was appointed Fire Chief in 1911. In 1913, he wrote this authoritative book surv…

Seeking a Human Spaceflight Program Worthy of a Great Nation

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Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee and Review Of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee

"The [Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee] shall conduct an independent review of ongoing U.S. human space flight plans a…

Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy

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The Commission On Enhancing National Cybersecurity

President Obama formed The President's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity on April 13, 2016 to develop a plan for protecting cyb…

Little Masterpieces of Science - Invention and Discovery

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George Iles

A collection of essays on various inventions and scientific discoveries, this volume of Little Masterpieces of Science from 1902 includes to…

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