The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (inbunden)
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The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Science, Engineering and Technology

Inbunden,  Engelska, 2023-06-18
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Covering a wide range of subjects, this book connects each of the Seven Wonders to the science that made them possible and also led to their demise.
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Alexander Jones, author of A Portable Cosmos Here is a refreshing treatment of a topic that goes back to antiquity: what were the methods and conditions that made possible the construction of the renowned Seven Wonders? With a light touch, Higgins brings to bear geology, metallurgy, ancient craft and engineering, archaeology, and historical scholarship to reveal how grand projects were achieved in ancient Egypt, the Near East, and Greece.

John Peter Oleson, editor of The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World In this wide-ranging book Higgins, a geologist, presents a refreshing, personal approach to The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. His energetic and well documented presentation differs from the many other discussions of the Wonders by carefully considering the associated influences of geology, tectonics, and the environment. An engaging final chapter on rebuilding the Wonders provides an engineer's view of how modern materials and techniques might have guaranteed the monuments a longer life.

Jesse Russell, Voegelinview The Seven Wonders of The Ancient World: Science, Engineering, and Technology, Michael Denis Higgins,...Higgins ends his work with a theoretical discussion of how the ancient Wonders could be reconstructed with modern engineering...Professor Higgins's desire to rebuild the wonders of the ancient world is interesting.

Bryn Mawr Classical Review The book under review offers a fast-moving, impassioned, and richly illustrated expos of the Seven Wonders from a specific angle: that of science, engineering, and technology... There is much to learn for everyone, particularly in the sections concerning the geology and materials involved in the creation of the Wonders, often overlooked in historical accounts... In sum, the book offers an original discussion of the modern list of Seven Ancient Wonders, bringing science, engineering, and technology to the forefront. It invites readers to explore these Wonders and their broader regional and scientific contexts. While it embraces a degree of speculation and may not fully satisfy the stringent referencing and historical rigor of the humanities, it provides many interesting insights about the Seven Wonders, making them again accessible to a general audience.

All About History A fascinating work and one that is eminently accessible. It is also extremely readable, requiring very little prior knowledge of the science and technology of the ancient world. What could be a dry topic is anything but, and Higgins' writing is rich in detail and evocative of the distant worlds in which the wonders existed. The book will appeal to a wide range of readers, and deservedly so.

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Michael Denis Higgins is Professor Emeritus of Earth Science at the Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi and the author of Quantitative Textural Measurements in Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, and, with his father Reynold Higgins, A Geological Companion to Greece and the Aegean.


Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: The Pyramids of Giza Chapter 3: The Hanging Gardens Chapter 4: The Statue of Zeus at Olympia Chapter 5: The Mausoleum Chapter 6: The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus Chapter 7: The Colossus of Rhodes Chapter 8: The Pharos of Alexandria Chapter 9: Rebuilding the Wonders