Isle of Wight Industrial Archaeology Society
Isle of Wight Industrial Archaeology Society
Isle of Wight Industrial Archaeology Society

Email: jillreilly@iwias.fsnet.co.uk

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If you're into flour mills and water lifting devices, you'll love this site. There are even 17th century designs for cars! This is a site that deserves to be mightily applauded.

The Archimedes Project is an excellent website that makes 16th and 17th century manuals and treatises available online. The works available are mainly on topics such as architecture, mechanics, fortifications, pyrothechnics, machines and mining. The works are available in their original form as images and text.

It is a joint American-German project for developing and exploring model interactive environments for the history of mechanics. Through the provision of open digital libraries, numerous historical treatises on mechanics as well as other primary sources of mechanical knowledge and practices have been made available.





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Click on this link : Archimedes
N.B. This link will open up in a new window so that you can still continue to read these instructions.


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At the top of the home page, you will see the following menu:


If you click on the link "Authors" on the far left, it will take you to the full list of authors of all the primary texts available.

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If you click on the link "Database Machine Drawings" on the far right,

it will take you to the following page:


If you click on the link "Authors" [red arrow], it will take you to the full list of authors of all the primary texts which contain pictures.

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By clicking on the name of a chosen author, a full thumbnail list of all the images in the work by that author will appear. Clicking on a selected image will bring up a full record of that image with the option to see the full text that goes with it.

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By clicking on the image itself, a larger image appears in a separate window with various options: you can enlarge the image by various factors or zoom in on a detail.