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ReMaking History, Volume 2, 1st Edition

Book Description

Industrial Revolutionaries is the second volume in William Gurstelle's unique exploration of history's great inventors. Each chapter revisits the life and times of one of the forward-thinking revolutionaries who helped create the world we live in. You will not only learn about their great inventions, you'll also get step-by-step instructions for recreating them yourself. History will come to life as you have never experienced it before when you build it with your own hands. Inside this volume, you will discover:

  • Joseph McKibben and the Air Muscle
  • Squire Whipple and the Iron Bridge
  • Abe Lincoln and the Campaign Torch
  • Samuel Morse and the Telegraph
  • J.F. Daniell and the Storage Battery
  • Ben Franklin and the Leyden Jar
  • Charles Goodyear and the Vulcanization of Rubber

Be sure to also check out ReMaking History, Volume 1: Early Makers and ReMaking History, Volume 3: Makers of the Modern World.

Table of Contents

  1. Titlepage
  2. Copyright
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. About the Author
  5. The Dawn of the Machine Age
    1. The Industrial Revolutionaries
    2. First Things First: Being Safe
  6. Part I: Makers in Metal
    1. Chapter 1: Henry Bessemer and the Age of Steel
      1. The Dawning of the Age of Steel
      2. Henry Bessemer and Carbon Steel
      3. Making a Steel Rubber Band Gun
      4. How a Bessemer Converter Works
    2. Chapter 2: John Shore Invents the Tuning Fork
      1. Inventing the Tuning Fork
      2. Making a Tuning Fork
      3. How a Tuning Fork Works
    3. Chapter 3: Abraham Lincoln and the Campaign Torch
      1. The Light of Politics
      2. Making a Parade Torch
      3. The Science Inside: In the Tip of a Flame
  7. Part II: Physics and Chemistry Revolutionaries
    1. Chapter 4: Giovanni Venturi and the Venturi Effect
      1. The Venturi Effect
      2. Making a Venturi-Style Vacuum Pump
      3. Fun with a Vacuum Pump
    2. Chapter 5: Emperor Xianfeng and the Chinese Windlass
      1. Building a Chinese Windlass
      2. There’s No Free Lunch in Physics!
    3. Chapter 6: Louis Poinsot and the Dancing Spheres
      1. Louis Poinsot, the Father of Geometrical Mechanics
      2. Making the Dancing Spheres
      3. Simplifying Mechanical Engineering
    4. Chapter 7: Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac and the Chemistry of Fireproofing
      1. The Education of a Chemist
      2. Fireproofing Paper, Cloth, and Wood
      3. To Burn or Not to Burn
    5. Chapter 8: Charles Goodyear and the Vulcanization of Rubber
      1. The Early Years of Rubber
      2. The Lucky Accident
      3. Making a Vulcanized Rubber Eraser
      4. The Science Inside: Making Your Eraser
  8. Part III: Electricity for the Future
    1. Chapter 9: Benjamin Franklin Explores Electricity
      1. Science versus Superstition
      2. The Leyden Jar’s History
      3. Making Your Own Static Electricity Generator
      4. Building the Leyden Jar
      5. From Leyden Jars to Hydroelectric Dams
    2. Chapter 10: Alessandro Volta and Electrodeposition
      1. Volta Harnesses Electricity
      2. Making a Copper-Plated Sign
      3. Electroplating Explained
    3. Chapter 11: Humphry Davy and the Arc Light
      1. Davy and the Arc Light
      2. Making a Davy Carbon Arc Light
      3. How an Arc Light Works
  9. Appendix: Going Further, Deeper, and Higher
  10. The Inventor’s Workshop
    1. The Workbench
    2. Necessary Tools
  11. Further Reading
  12. Index