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Lives of the Engineers

Lives of the Engineers
With an Account of their Principal Works; Comprising Also a History of Inland Communication in Britain
3 Volume Set


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  • Date Published: August 2012
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108052955

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About the Authors
  • A political and social reformer, Samuel Smiles (1812–1904) was also a noted biographer in the Victorian period. Following the engineer's death in 1848, Smiles published his highly successful Life of George Stephenson in 1857 (also reissued in this series). His interest in engineering evolved and he began working on biographies of Britain's most notable engineers from the Roman to the Victorian era. Originally published in three volumes between 1861 and 1862, this work contains detailed and lively accounts of the educations, careers and pioneering work of seven of Britain's most accomplished engineers. These volumes stand as a remarkable undertaking, advancing not only the genre, but also the author's belief in what hard work could achieve.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108052955
    • length: 1576 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 141 x 90 mm
    • weight: 2.15kg
    • contains: 272 b/w illus.
    • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Part I. Early Works of Embanking and Draining:
    1. Ancient British earthworks
    2. Water the chief element
    3. Cornelius Vermuyden
    4. Vermuyden undertakes to drain the Great Level of the Fens
    5. Breaches in the Thames Embankment
    Part II. Life of Sir Hugh Myddleton:
    1. Water supply of London in early times
    2. The Myddleton family in north Wales
    3. Myddleton elected representative of Denbigh in Parliament
    4. Method of constructing the New River works
    5. Brading Haven
    6. Sir High enters upon his mining enterprise in Wales
    Part III. Early Roads and Modes of Travelling:
    1. Uses and influence of roads
    2. Ordinary modes of conveyance in early times
    3. Influence of roads on manners and customs
    4. Improvements in travelling
    5. Memoir of John Metcalf
    Part IV. Bridges, Harbours and Roads:
    1. Old fords
    2. Thames ferry between London and Southwark
    3. Memoir of William Edwards
    4. Insignificant character of the English navy in early times
    5. Inland navigation
    Part V. Life of James Brindley:
    1. Brindley's native district
    2. Begins business as a wheelwright
    3. Lancashire navigations
    4. The Duke's first canal acts
    5. Brindley surveys an extension of the Duke's canal
    6. Brindley constructs the Duke's canal to Runcorn
    7. The Duke of Bridgewater's pecuniary difficulties
    8. The Grand Trunk Canal
    9. Brindley's opinion as to the use of rivers
    10. Brindley's domestic life
    Index. Volume 2: Part VI. Life of John Smeaton:
    1. John Smeaton's birth and education
    2. Placed in an attorney's office
    3. Dangers of the Eddystone Rock
    4. Lord Macclesfield's recommendation of Smeaton
    5. Smeaton appointed receiver for the Derwentwater estates
    6. Smeaton's home at Austhorpe
    Part VII. Life of John Rennie:
    1. Rennie born at Phantasssie, East Lothian
    2. Fletcher of Saltoun introduces barley-mills
    3. The Rennie family
    4. London in 1785
    5. Recommends the employment of the steam-engine in fen drainage
    6. Dr Robison visits Rennie in London
    7. Growth of the trade of London
    8. Dangers of the Bell Rock
    9. Rennie extensively employed by the government
    10. Plymouth Sound
    11. Rennie's extensive and various employments
    Part VIII. Life of Thomas Telford:
    1. Eskdale
    2. Telford apprenticed to a stonemason
    3. Telford a working man in London
    4. Superintends repairs of Shrewsbury Castle
    5. Advantages of mechanical training to an engineer
    6. Course of the Ellesmere Canal
    7. Use of iron in bridge-building
    8. Progress of Scotch agriculture
    9. Highland harbours
    10. Canal projected through the Great Glen of the Highlands
    11. Increase of road-traffic
    12. Bridges projected over the Menai Straits
    13. Résumé of English engineering
    14. Telford's residence in London
    Index. Volume 3: Preface
    1. The colliery districts of the north
    2. Wylam colliery and village
    3. Jolly's Close, Newburn
    4. Sobriety and studiousness
    5. Self-improvement
    6. Various expedients for facilitating coal-haulage
    7. Frequency of colliery explosions
    8. The Killingworth mine-machinery
    9. The Bishop Auckland coal-field
    10. Insufficiency of the communications between Liverpool and Manchester
    11. The Liverpool and Manchester bill before Parliament
    12. George Stephenson appointed engineer
    13. Robert Stephenson mining engineer in Colombia
    14. The railway finished
    15. The London and Birmingham railway projected
    16. Projection of new lines
    17. George Stephenson's views on railways and coal-traffic
    18. Robert Stephenson's career
    19. George Stephenson surveys a line from Chester to Holyhead
    20. George Stephenson's life at Tapton
    21. Characteristics of the Stephensons

  • Author

    Samuel Smiles

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