By Andrea Beaty
From the earliest engineers comparable to Archimedes and Hero of Alexandria, heroes of the economic Revolution like Eli Whitney and Alessandro Volta, and pioneers of the trendy Age with Henry Ford and Wernher von Braun, Engineers appears at greater than 80 of the world's maximum engineers — who they have been, what they did, and the way their tasks formed the process human historical past.
The simply publication to add engineers from each period of human background and all disciplines of engineering — from civil engineering to area flight — Engineers comprises unique drawings and in particular commissioned images to assist light up the tales in the back of the nice milestones of engineering.
From aqueducts to bridges, monuments to structures, and engines to movies, Engineers will entice readers of every age who're attracted to the facility of the pioneering mind.
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Engineers by Andrea Beaty