History 398 - Technologies and Their Societies
Resources on the Web
- The Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin offers a
comprehensive database of machine
drawings from the early modern era.
- The Institute and Museum of History of Science in Florence has an
of the Renaissance with a selection of engineering drawings from
Windmills is just one of the websites of the International
Windmill Ring. See also The
Mills Archive, which has a new online catalog.
- Professor Stephen Murray of Columbia University has assembled a
website describing all aspects of Amiens
Cathedral. It is worth taking some time to explore the
For a closer look at some of the other cathedrals we've been
- Ruth Cowan talks about inventors and the patent system. The
Peterson Patent Model Museum contains some of the working models
by the U.S. Patent Office as part of a patent application.
- The Thomas A Edison Papers at Rutgers have placed his patents
chronicles the life and work of Lewis H. Latimer, an African-American
draftsman and inventor, who worked for the Edison companies and then
General Electric from the mid-1880s to the late 1920s.
- Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken houses the papers of Frederick
Winslow Taylor, a member of its class of 1883, and has established the F.W.
Taylor Project to make the papers available online.
- The webpage for my recent Freshman Seminar, "The
World of the Computer", offers an extensive set of readings and web
links about computing and its history.
- The main WWW site for the history of computing is here.
Take some time to tour its links.
- Babbage intended his difference engine to be made of brass and
iron, but other materials will work. Take a look at Andrew
- Andrew Hodges, author of Alan Turing, the Enigma,
home page, which includes a link to a working Turing
Machine applet); another Turing machine emulator for Wintel
can be found here.
- Some links to information about John
- Here is the Army's
press release announcing the ENIAC.