From the reviews:
"This work contains 16 biographies focusing on the important works, concepts, and inventions of well-known figures in mechanism and machines science. … the entries contains analyses of the individuals’ major works and a modern interpretation that connects current research and applications with their seminal works. The unique perspective and contribution of this volume is its substantial analyses of the works of the biographees, written by practicing scientists and engineers. … Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." (M. Fosmire, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (6), February, 2008)
From the Back Cover
This is the second volume in a series of edited books whose aim is to collect contributed papers devoted to descriptions of the life and work of famous persons in MMS (Mechanism and Machine Science).
Papers illustrate personalities by recognizing the people as well as their scientific activities, by looking mainly at technical developments in the historical evolution of the fields that today are grouped in MMS. Thus, the emphasis is on biographical notes describing the efforts and experiences of people who have contributed to the technical achievements at the core of each contributed paper. The papers in this second volume again cover a wide range within the field of the History of Mechanical Engineering with specific focus on MMS and will be of interest and motivation to the work (historical or not) of many.
Indexed in the Book Citation Index– Science (BKCI-S)--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.