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Sioux Falls Scientists endorse Fifty Machines that Changed the Course of
History
for showing us the details of the leading inventions of our
industrial age. The inventions that came before all that followed.

Fifty Machines that
Changed the Course of History
By Eric Chaline

Fifty Machines that Changed the Course of History (2012) - 224 pages
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Some of the most significant advances in the past two centuries have been made in the fields of science and technology. From Stephenson's "Rocket" to Sony's "Walkman," mechanical devices have helped to define our culture and to transform the way we live our lives. More recently, their reach has extended beyond the relative confines of Earth, to the furthest regions of space. As technology continues to evolve, so machines offer us ever more profound perspectives on the universe and our place within it.

Fifty Machines that Changed the Course of History charts the development of human civilization through the machines it has produced. With entries ranging from the preeminent inventions of the First Industrial Revolution to the items that have revolutionized communications, it gives the historical and technological context behind the devices that, in their time, were pushing the boundaries of what was possible.

Fifty Machines that Changed the Course of History is a fascinating survey of the mechanical devices that propelled 18th-century society into the 19th and 20th centuries.

The book celebrates more than 200 years of technological development at the height of the Industrial Revolution. These are not generic inventions but rather specific, branded machines whose names in many cases have become synonymous with the machine or its purpose.

The entries fall into eight categories relating to their sphere of influence: Industry, Agriculture, Media, Transport, Science, Computing, Energy and Home. Concise text describes the machines, what led to their invention, and the effects on society. Annotated diagrams, illustrations, photographs and "Key Feature" insets enrich the coverage.

These are a few of the 50 machines described:

  • Stephenson's Rocket (1829), the first locomotive designed for passenger transport
  • Harrison power loom (1851) produced the bulk of the world's cotton cloth during the First Industrial Revolution
  • Westinghouse alternating current system (1887) brought electrical power and lighting to homes and workplaces
  • Hoover suction sweeper (1908) revolutionized domestic cleaning
  • Lumière cine projector (1896) and Marconi radio (1897) together heralded the dawn of the media age
  • Baird "Televiso" (1930), the first television set
  • More recently, the Motorola DynaTAC cell phone (1983) ensured that we would always be able to "phone home."

And This Is The Complete List

  • Jacquard Loom
  • Robert's Lathe
  • Stephenson's "Rocket"
  • Roberts' Loom
  • Whitworth Planing machine
  • Corliss Stream Engine
  • Bobbage Difference Engine
  • Singer "Turtle Back" Sewing Machine
  • SS Great Eastern
  • Hyatt Stuffing Machine
  • Gramme Machine
  • Linotype Machine
  • Parsons' Steam Turbine
  • "Rover" Safety Bicycle
  • Westinghouse AC System
  • Berliner "Gramophone"
  • Lumiere "Cinematographe"
  • Marconi Radio
  • Diesel Engine
  • Underwood No. 1 Typewriter
  • Kodak "Brownie" Camera
  • Tungsram Light Bulb
  • Automatic Electric Candlestick Telephone
  • Model T Ford
  • Hoover Suction Sweeper
  • Holt Caterpillar Combine Harvester
  • Black and Decker Electric Drill
  • G.E. "Monitor Top" Refrigerator
  • LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin
  • Bard "Televisor"
  • Philco-York Air Conditioner
  • Siemens Electron Microscope
  • Mittlewerk V-2 Rocket
  • G.E. Top-loading Washing Machine
  • Ampex Model 200A Tape Recorder
  • De Havilland DH106 Comet
  • Victa Rotomo Fan Mower
  • Magnox Nuclear Reactor
  • Unimate 1900
  • Saturn V Rocket
  • EMI CT Scanner
  • JVC HR-3300EK
  • Atari 2600
  • Sony TPS-L2 "Walkman"
  • Vestas HVK10
  • IBM PC 5150
  • Hayes Smartmodem 300
  • ABI 370A DNA Sequencer
  • Hubble Space Telescope
  • Motorola StarTAC


Fifty Machines that Changed the Course of History is perfect for history buffs and anyone who is fascinated by the complexity and beauty of mechanical devices.

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Fifty Machines that
Changed the Course of History

By Eric Chaline

Sioux Falls Scientists endorse Fifty Machines that Changed the Course of
History
for showing us the details of the leading inventions of our
industrial age. The inventions that came before all that followed.