© 2013

Machines and Signs

A History of the Drawing of Machines


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.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Dept. of MechanicsPolitecnico de MilanoMilanItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Machines and Signs
  • Book Subtitle A History of the Drawing of Machines
  • Authors Edoardo Rovida
  • Series Title History of Mechanism and Machine Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-5406-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-9698-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-5407-2
  • Series ISSN 1875-3442
  • Series E-ISSN 1875-3426
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 250
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Engineering Design
    History of Science
    Popular Science, general
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From the reviews:

“This volume has a primarily historic format, tracing the development of drawing, illustration, and diagrams from antiquity to the present. … Each chapter carefully notes the cultural context in which the technology, engineering, and science of the time were embedded. … This superbly illustrated and historically important work will be a valuable addition to history of science, engineering, or drawing/design collections. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (R. M. Davis, Choice, Vol. 51 (2), October, 2013)