- 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 (78 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1800 Mechanical Movements, Devices and Appliances (Dover Science Books) Enlarged 16th Edition
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Also, author/editor seems to have a very bad habit of repeating near identical mechanisms with very slight variations, and not even in series! If you had each variation next to each other, it would actually be helpful. Instead they are all scattered about, and their individual differences are largely obscured. Instead of being thorough, it just appears to be sloppy editing.
Could be great if it were MUCH more detailed in descriptions and the schematics were bigger. I guess for the money, i got more than I should have expected. But I would much rather have paid 2-3x more for a legitimate, well explained version of all the content that the author attempts to shoe-horn here.
The problem is that almost all the technology discussed no longer exists. Modern steam is very different, modern sailing bears absolutely no relationship to the hemp knots, wood sheaves and lug sails shown. Clockwork is a historic novelty these days.
The original, in 1921 must have been a gem but it is apparent that compiling and publishing this edition was a quick and dirty excercise to make a quick buck. Sections are in the wrong place, parts of chapters have become misplaces and some diagrams have the wrong captions. The OCR software to convert the text into PDF format was poor and the authors (unnamed) didn't even bother to read through the text and correct the glaringly obvious mistakes.
As an insight into the state of engineering in the early 1900s, the book is interesting. As an inspiration for modern engineering, you may well be wasting your time.
This book is great for idea generation but due to the large number of machines covered little detail is given about any particular item. This book will be a tremendous benefit to those who are looking for brief explanations, illustrations and names for concepts/devices to springboard further research/fabrication.
I always used to break open everything in order to figure out how it worked at the fundamental level, and then my parents bought me K'Nex and Legos so I wouldn't break as many devices around the house lol.
When I got into college, I realized that 'mechanical engineering' is basically a grown up version of playing with K'nex and I couldn't have been happier with my choice!
Now this book entertains me for hours!
The other book I ordered, "507 Mechanical Movements: Mechanisms and Devices (Dover Science Books)" has much better descriptions. A few items in that book are still a bit brief, but overall it's a better book.
edit to add:
Getting further into the book, there are a lot of simple devices do ok with the short descriptions, it's mainly any more complicated device that suffers. You might have a single small cross section of an entire machine with a two sentence description.