chapter  14
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The genesis of engineering: theory and practice

This, I think, gives a hint of an historical generalisation of some interest. When the historian attempts to consider the manner in which modern procedures first began to supplant traditional ones in the period between 1750 and 1850-which is also the period of the industrial revolution-he may at first be inclined to suppose that the change was brought about solely by the increasing power and flexibility of scientific knowledge, which was exploited by a more enlightened class of manufacturer who was willing to be taught-by the entrepreneur or innovator who

Mathew Baker's sketch of the procedure for striking the curves of the midships section of a vessel. 1586.