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Emory Kemp is the founder and director of the Institute for the historical past of know-how and commercial Archaeology at West Virginia college, the place he additionally served as a chair and professor of civil engineering and a professor of background. This selection of essays encompasses over fifty years of his study within the box of the heritage of technology.

inside those twelve essays, Kemp describes and analyzes 19th century advancements in development fabrics reminiscent of iron, metal, and cement; roads and bridges, specially the evolution of the suspension bridge; canals and navigable rivers, together with the Ohio River and its tributaries; and water offer structures. As one of many few working towards American engineers who additionally researches and writes as a tutorial, Kemp provides an enormous ancient context to his paintings by way of focusing not just at the building of a constitution but additionally at the analytical technology that heralds a structure’s layout and development.

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