A History of Mechanical Engineering

  • Ce Zhang
  • Jianming Yang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Ce Zhang, Jianming Yang
    Pages 1-10
  3. Ce Zhang, Jianming Yang
    Pages 11-64
  4. Ce Zhang, Jianming Yang
    Pages 95-135
  5. Ce Zhang, Jianming Yang
    Pages 137-195
  6. Ce Zhang, Jianming Yang
    Pages 275-298
  7. Ce Zhang, Jianming Yang
    Pages 299-349
  8. Ce Zhang, Jianming Yang
    Pages 351-387
  9. Ce Zhang, Jianming Yang
    Pages 389-421
  10. Ce Zhang, Jianming Yang
    Pages 423-464
  11. Ce Zhang, Jianming Yang
    Pages 465-509
  12. Ce Zhang, Jianming Yang
    Pages 511-530
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 531-555

About this book


This book explores the history of mechanical engineering since the Bronze Age. Focusing on machinery inventions and the development of mechanical technology, it also discusses the machinery industry and modern mechanical education. The evolution of machinery is divided into three stages: Ancient (before the European Renaissance), Modern (mainly including the two Industrial Revolutions) and Contemporary (since the Revolution in Physics, especially post Second World War). The book not only clarifies the development of mechanical engineering, but also reveals the driving forces behind it – e.g. the economy, national defense and human scientific research activities – to highlight the links between technology and society; mechanical engineering and the natural sciences; and mechanical engineering and related technological areas.

Though mainly intended as a textbook or supplemental reading for graduate students, the book also offers a unique resource for researchers and engineers in mechanical engineering who wish to broaden their horizons.


Mechanical Design Mechanical Manufacturing Machine Theory Mechanical Inventions Machinery Industry Education in Mechanical Engineering Industrial Revolution Technological Revolution Ancient Machinery Story of mechanical engineering

Authors and affiliations

  • Ce Zhang
    • 1
  • Jianming Yang
    • 2
  1. 1.Tianjin UniversityTianjinChina
  2. 2.Memorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-981-15-0832-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-15-0833-2
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