By Jonathan Shectman

The 18th century observed the emergence of the economic and chemical revolutions and witnessed the near-universal popularity of utilized technological know-how. It was once a time of innovative, lasting transformation for the perform of technological know-how and arithmetic. such a lot approaches and precepts of recent technology took carry throughout the 18th century, while scientists first paired clinical learn with sensible software to superb effects. In over 60 alphabetical entries, Shectman examines on the large medical discoveries, innovations, and inquiries of the interval. well-known themes comparable to the steam engine and sizzling air balloon are coated, besides lesser-known themes akin to the Watt reproduction press and Newton's experimentum crucis.

A thorough dialogue of every entry's medical influence presents readers with an knowing of the lasting social and political value of those developments. Narratives increase the entries via including context and point of view to the century's interesting clinical heritage. scholars and researchers will locate this reference e-book effortless to exploit. incorporated are an appendix of entries indexed via medical box, a thesaurus of phrases, indexes by way of identify and subject.

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