FATHERS OF INDUSTRIES by Leonard M. Fanning

FATHERS OF INDUSTRIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Man's desire to harness power began in ancient times with the invention of the wheel, was curtailed during the Dark Ages and revived with the first two inventions that heralded the Industrial Revolution: Arkwright's spinning water frame and Watt's steam engine. In these brief sketches of the most prominent ""fathers of industries"", each invention is seen in its social and historical context with the personal biography of the inventor taking a minor role. The achievements of such familiar innovators as Whitney, Fulton, McCormick, Ressemer, Edison, Bell, De Forest are included along with the less popular though a ally vital work of Borden, father of the dairy industry, McAdam, builder of modern roads, Hall and Carrier, respectively associated with aluminum and air conditioning. As supplementary reading in the social sciences, this can be quite useful.

Publisher: Lippincott