(updated Dec. 2019)
 

Leonardo to the Internet:

Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present

Thomas J. Misa

Johns Hopkins University Press
2nd edition July 2011

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Leonardo to the Internet; 2nd edition

Further Reading

1. TECHNOLOGIES OF THE COURT (1450-1600)
     link: Renaissance   [Internet Medieval History Sourcebook]
     link: Reformation  [Internet Modern History Sourcebook]

2. TECHNIQUES OF COMMERCE (1588-1740)
     link: Early Modern World  [Internet Modern History Sourcebook]

3. GEOGRAPHIES OF INDUSTRY (1740-1851)
   Industrial Revolution  [Internet Modern History Sourcebook]

4. INSTRUMENTS OF EMPIRE (1840-1914)
     Imperialism  [Internet Modern History Sourcebook]

5. SCIENCE AND SYSTEMS (1870-1930)

6. MATERIALS OF MODERNISM (1900-1950)

7. MEANS OF DESTRUCTION (1936-1990)

8. TOWARD GLOBAL CULTURE (1970-2001)

HISTORY OF COMPUTING
HISTORY OF ENGINEERING
9. PATHS TO INSECURITY (2001-2010)

WWW sites (see also Reading Questions)

Leonardo and the Engineers of the Renaissance

The machines, technical devices and constructions of Leonardo da Vinci, Brunelleschi and the Sienese engineers of the Renaissance. [Institute and Museum of History of Science, Florence]

National Gallery's Dutch artists

BBC's "Industrialisation"

"From Steelton to Mandalay" [not online]
Documents a notable instance of American railroad hardware in imperial India-Burma.

Library of Congress "American Memory
On-line documents on (e.g.) AG Bell, American environment, 'built in America', Westinghouse factories [1904], pioneer trails, railroad maps, Samuel Morse, Wright Brothers, working in Paterson NJ . . . .

Thomas Edison papers (Rutgers Univ)
on-line searchable documents; PDFs of Edison's 1,093 patents 

Science Museum-London link: "Making the Modern World"

 

Images

 

open access
password
needed
Islamic noria (water-raising wheel) in Cordoba, Spain
tjm

Leonardo and Renaissance Engineering tjm

Crystal Palace (1851)
UMn
Virtual Manchester 
WWW
UMn
Sheffield-Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet 
UMn
"Steelton to Mandalay" [1902 railroad bridge in Burma] 
tjm

"Railways of India" 
tjm

Reading questions

1. Technologies of the Court_[updated Jan. 2014]
2. Techniques of Commerce [updated Jan. 2014]
3. Geographies of Industry_[updated Jan. 2014]
4. Instruments of Empire _[updated Jan. 2014]
5. Science and Systems_[updated Jan. 2014]
6. Materials of Modernism_[updated Jan. 2014]
7. Means of Destruction  [updated Jan. 2014]
8. Global Culture _[updated Jan. 2014]
9. Paths to Insecurity _[updated Jan. 2014]
10. Question of Technology _[updated Jan. 2014]
 



 

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