Machines That Made History: Landmarks in Mechanical Engineering
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Say the name Thomas Newcomen to a group of engineers with some knowledge of the history of technology and you will bring to mind a formative moment in the history of mechanical engineering, when Newcomen's early eighteenth-century atmospheric steam engine inaugurated a new era of engineering achievements. Like Newcomen's engine, the landmarks illustrated in this section are representative examples of creativity and important early developments in mechanical technology.