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The Rise of Engineering Science

How Technology Became Scientific


  • First book to treat the broad history of engineering science

  • Provides a number of case studies of engineering science based industries

  • Includes primary sources as well as secondary sources


Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 35)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. The Roots of Engineering Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. David F. Channell
      Pages 13-34
    3. David F. Channell
      Pages 55-72
  4. The Rise of Engineering Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. David F. Channell
      Pages 75-109
  5. Engineering Science-Based Industries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. David F. Channell
      Pages 131-145
    3. David F. Channell
      Pages 147-159
    4. David F. Channell
      Pages 161-174
    5. David F. Channell
      Pages 175-186
  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. David F. Channell
      Pages 189-195
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 197-202

About this book


The 18th and 19th centuries saw the emergence of new intermediary types of knowledge in areas such as applied mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, which came to be labeled as engineering science,  transforming technology into the scientific discipline that we know today.  This book analyzes how the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries and the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries provided the intellectual, social, economic and institutional foundations for the emergence of engineering science.  The book then traces the rise of engineering science from the 18th century through the 19th century and concludes by showing how it led to new technological developments in such areas as steel production, the invention of internal combustion engines, the creation of automobiles and airplanes, and the formulation of Mass Production and Scientific Management all of which brought about major transformations in the materials, power sources, transportation and production techniques that have come to shape our modern world.  


Engineering Science Applied Mechanics Thermodynamics Fluid Dynamics History of Engineering Hiistory of Science IFToMM Theory of Machines Fluid Mechanics Industrial Revolution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Arts and HumanitiesThe University of Texas at DallasRichardsonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Rise of Engineering Science
  • Book Subtitle How Technology Became Scientific
  • Authors David F. Channell
  • Series Title History of Mechanism and Machine Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title History Mechanism, Machine
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-95605-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07068-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-95606-0
  • Series ISSN 1875-3442
  • Series E-ISSN 1875-3426
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 202
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mechanical Engineering
    Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
    History of Science
    History of Technology
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