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1800 Mechanical Movements, Devices and Appliances (Dover Science Books) Paperback – February 27, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0486457437 ISBN-10: 0486457435 Edition: Enlarged 16th

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  • Series: Dover Science Books
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Enlarged 16th edition (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486457435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486457437
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Terry Sofian on December 27, 2008
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This book was originally published in 1899 and reprinted and enlarged in 16 editions between that date and 1921.

It has a line drawing and a short description of a wide variety of all sorts of the mechanical things, steam engines, valves, and other pieces of technology. This will be of tremendous value to anyone exploring some of the lost technology from 100 years ago.

The drawings are clear and the text very useful.

I really recommend picking this up by anyone interested in the history of steam technology.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Julia A. Lichty on November 10, 2009
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In order to cram that many mechanical bits into so few pages, the illustrations are frequently small, but intensely detailed. You'll find several of them on each page. This is great reference material for steampunk, sci-fi, and fantasy artwork, but since each device has only one illustration, it would be next to useless as a technical manual. There is a huge array of different devices - from tiny gears to giant steamworks - so as long as you're browsing for inspiration, this is a great book to have on hand.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Finnegan on August 8, 2012
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Reading many of the reviews before purchasing this, it seemed like people were a little confused with how to take it. Admittedly, I was kind of puzzled by the book once I got it as well, until I finally figured out what this book really is.

This book is a puzzle book. As someone who is mechanically inclined, this book gives you tons and tons of these mechanical drawings (with little or no interpretation) and it's then an exercise to mentally rotate the image and visualize how the mechanisms interact with each other. This is the book of crossword puzzles for those of us who hate crosswords and love to work with our hands and build stuff.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John Krysa on March 13, 2009
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This book does indeed contain a large number of mechanical movements, and some of them are just fascinating as you look at them and try to figure out how they work. A lot of them are just like 'So thats how they do that!' The biggest drawback, and I may be prejudiced as a mechanical tradesperson, is that some of the extremely interesting movements do not have enough detail. Other than this, a good way to lose yourself for a few hours at a time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Service Advisor on October 11, 2009
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Good, useful things last forever. Very interesting reading/skimming/studying for inventors or wannabes. Just nice to allow the brain to take a nice "stroll" through Idea Lane sometimes. Wish the pics could be more descriptive sometimes but, there ARE 1800 entries AND you ain't gotta endure popup ads with this jewel!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By diligent58 on January 30, 2011
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Pay close attention to the dimensions of the book ! This book consists of extremely tiny drawings, apparently copied from very old patent applications, accompanied by a very brief description of the use for the device. There is no description of how it works, but that is okay, because the drawings are too small to see the parts anyway.

A waste of money without having a magnifying glass, a powerful imagination, a great deal of spare time, and a burning desire to decipher 100 year old designs.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Spurlin on April 14, 2010
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I enjoy this book for the sheer variety of mechanisms it investigates and illustrates to the reader -- horological (timekeeping) mechanisms, firearms such as the Lebel rifle, simple gear train mechanisms used for a specific purpose -- there are a few of everything inside these pages. Air-powered appliances, mining mechanisms... There are a huge number of things in this book, many with an individual blurb explaining specifically the purpose of that mechanism.

Designers, those who are mechanically-minded, and anyone who likes well-designed, complicated things -- all of those readers would enjoy this book.

Not least are the well-drafted hand drawings of each mechanism... those are interesting, as well...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By amazonian on February 3, 2010
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Lots of neat old stuff. Plenty of brainstorming material for the budding mad scientist.
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