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Ancient machines : from wedges to waterwheels
Woods, Michael, 1946-
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Runestone Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
88 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Discusses the invention of six simple machines in various ancient civilizations from the Stone Age to the fall of the Roman Empire.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.5 2.0 4449.
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TJ147 .W66 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Ancient cultures left a rich legacy of mechanical knowledge and technology. This book tells the story of their contributions and examines the six basic machine, the lever, wheel and axle, inclined plane, the pulley, the wedge and the screw which all form the basis of machinery today.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-These titles will be appreciated by both report writers and leisure readers. Both books approach their subject by culture and/or period, covering the Stone Age, Middle East, Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome. In the first, Woods discusses the invention and use of six simple machines, establishing a connection between ancient and current technology. Full-color photographs and drawings depict artifacts, sites, and some different mechanisms. The second book traces the development of methods of transportation and conveys the technological sophistication of ancient peoples. The text, which is livelier than that in Machines, features fascinating descriptions of the process of inventing with conjectures on what an early human might have observed and adapted. Some of the ingenious conveyances described will amaze readers. The authors allude to the migration of technologies across cultures, including the suggestion that the wheel was only invented once. Crisp, vibrant photographs of artifacts add to the strong visual appeal. Both volumes incorporate a few contemporary quotes and provide background information through sidebars. The writing and illustrations give these books an edge over the "Science of the Past" series (Watts), which covers the same ground for a slightly younger audience.-Colleen M. Zeitz, Lincoln School, Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.