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1800 Mechanical Movements, Devices and Appliances (Dover Science Books) [Paperback]

Gardner D. Hiscox
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February 27, 2007 0486457435 978-0486457437 Enlarged 16th
A fascinating compendium of early-twentieth-century mechanical devices, this wide-ranging work covers a variety of applications. More than 1,800 engravings — ranging from simple diagrams to detailed cross-sections — illustrate the workings of each item, from simple hooks and levers to complex machinery used in steam, motive, hydraulic, air, and electric power, navigation, gearing, clocks, mining, construction, and more.
Compiled as a ready reference for inventors, students of mechanics, artisans, and other workers, this volume features only minimal text. Its true value lies in its wealth of illustrated information, offering the quickest and most satisfactory method of conveying the exact conditions of mechanical action and construction.

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Product Details

  • 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: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference December 27, 2008
Format:Paperback
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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent illustrations - not a technical manual 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mechanical Engineer's Coffee Table Puzzle Book August 8, 2012
Format:Paperback
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movements 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 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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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars circa 1800 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mechanisms galore! April 14, 2010
Format:Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE book to have on a deserted island. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A historic gem on 1900s engineering that has been butchered.
This is a poor reproduction of a facinating 1921 engineering book. If you are interested in steam engineering, or are a steam punk fan, or want to know about the latter years of... Read more
Published 23 days ago by J. M. Bond
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the gearhead(s) in your household
More a history than a how to. I have used many of these principles in my work, but I would be at a loss to build most of these from only what is in this book, so good read, fun... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bruce W. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars 1800 thought puzzles for the mechanically inclined
I keep buying this book. I keep it at my desk and give it away every year or so to young engineers anxious to reinvent mechanical solutions. Read more
Published 5 months ago by robert johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This was recommended as a text in graduate school class.

I loved studying the concepts depicted in this book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lux Occultus
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I have skimmed through the book a few times and have added it to my list of books to read.
Published 6 months ago by Mark1968
5.0 out of 5 stars just neat
I love looking through this book, I keep it on my desk at work for fun. Just the names of the contraptions are fun - torque splitting device...
Published 7 months ago by Mike Scordino
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
it was a interesting read requiring a little foreknowledge on the subject.
good pictures and descriptions on each mechanical device.
Published 9 months ago by Book Keeper
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Great to see all kinds of mechanical movements especially ones that are forgotten. Never forget them, especially when the electric goes out.
Published 10 months ago by F. Pehrson
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of samples, low on details
In order to fit all these examples in one book the amount of description for each item is rather brief. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mark Twain
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes interesting
Just a bunch of drawings, sometimes poorly printed. The originals were probably excellent, from back in the days when self-education was a major and important source of excellent... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Metalsmith
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