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History of Machines for Heritage and Engineering Development

  • J. M. de la Portilla
  • Marco Ceccarelli
  • This volume illustrates progress and development in science and technology from the point of view of our collective cultural heritage from the Renaissance onwards;

  • Contributions by leading world experts;

  • Interdisciplinary approach.


Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Aingeru Zabala Uriarte
    Pages 45-68
  3. Manuel L. Membrilla, Francesc X. Villasevil, Dolores López, Josep M. Monguet, Joaquim Marquès
    Pages 119-138
  4. Jose Maria de la Portilla de la Nuez, Jose Maria de la Portilla Fernández
    Pages 139-159
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 215-215

About this book


This volume contains a selection of papers whose content have been presented at the International conferences CIPHI on Cultural Heritage and History of Engineering at University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, Spain, in recent years.


The conference series is aimed at bringing together researchers, scholars and students from a broad range of disciplines referring to the History of Engineering and Cultural Heritage, in a unique multidisciplinary forum to stimulate collaboration among historians, architects, restaurateurs, and engineers.


These papers illustrate, by treating specific emblematic topics and problems, technical developments in the historical evolution of engineering concerning cultural heritage. Thus, emphasis is given to a discussion of matters of cultural heritage with engineering history by reporting authors’ experiences and views.


Topics treated include: reutilization of industrial heritage: the unique example of the Royal Segovia Mint in Spain; the image of factories; Pedro Juan De Lastanosa and “the twenty-one books of devices and machines of Juanelo”; the historical development of paper-mills and their machines in South Latium during 19th century; a virtual reconstruction of a wave-powered flour mill from 1801; 3D modelling and animation study of the industrial heritage wonders;  a new model of the hydraulic machine known as “el artificio de Juanelo”; and  the mystery of one Havana portrait, on the first steam machine in Cuba.


This work has been made possible thanks to the invited authors who have enthusiastically shared this initiative and who have spent time and effort in preparing the papers in much more detail that in the conference presentations.


archtectural history cultural heritage engineering history hydraulic machines industrial heritage machines mills renaissance windmills

Editors and affiliations

  • J. M. de la Portilla
    • 1
  • Marco Ceccarelli
    • 2
  1. 1., Dept of EngineeringUniversidad de Las Palmas de Gran CanariLas PalmasSpain
  2. 2., Laboratory of Robotics & MechatronicsUniversity of CassinoCassinoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title History of Machines for Heritage and Engineering Development
  • Editors J. M. de la Portilla
    Marco Ceccarelli
  • Series Title History of Mechanism and Machine Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-1250-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3640-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-1251-5
  • Series ISSN 1875-3442
  • Series E-ISSN 1875-3426
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 218
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural Heritage
    History, general
    Architectural History and Theory
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