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FEATURED TITLE: Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

By David Blockley
Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

Engineering is part of almost everything we do — from the water we drink and the food we eat, to the buildings we live in and the roads and railways we travel on. Engineering: A Very Short Introduction explores the nature and practice of engineering, its history, its scope, and its relationship with art, craft, science, and technology.

Read Chapter 2. The age of gravity – time for work, which looks at the development of the concepts of force and time, and how these affected the earliest tools which worked against the force of gravity.