Machines and Signs

A History of the Drawing of Machines

  • Edoardo Rovida

Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Edoardo Rovida
    Pages 1-8
  3. Edoardo Rovida
    Pages 9-17
  4. Edoardo Rovida
    Pages 19-30
  5. Edoardo Rovida
    Pages 31-69
  6. Edoardo Rovida
    Pages 71-118
  7. Edoardo Rovida
    Pages 119-156
  8. Edoardo Rovida
    Pages 157-209
  9. Edoardo Rovida
    Pages 211-225

About this book


This volume addresses the cultural, technical and ethical motivations of the history of drawing of machines and its developments step by step. First it treats drawings without any technical character; then the Renaissance with its new forms of drawing; the 18th century, with orthographic projections, immediately used by industry; the 19th century, including the applications of drawing in industry; and the 20th century, with the standardization institutions and the use of the computer. The role of historical drawings and archives in modern design is also examined.

This book is of value to all those who are interested in technical drawing, either from an artistic, from a design, or from an engineering point of view.


historical drawing history of mechanics innovation

Authors and affiliations

  • Edoardo Rovida
    • 1
  1. 1., Dept. of MechanicsPolitecnico de MilanoMilanItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-5406-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-5407-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-3442
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-3426
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