McClellan: The Industrial Revolution

The population in England skyrocketed in the 18th century after the low periods caused by the Black Plague. Thanks to better hygiene and new agricultural practices, 9 million people crowded the island. Land and sources of energy (ie: wood) became increasingly scarce. The Norfolk system, a four-field crop-rotation system, and the enclosure of public land …

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Ancient Technologies Against Soil Erosion: Terracing’s Legacy

Since its beginning more than 10,000 years ago, agriculture has created intense ecological damage. Some argue that soil degradation trumps all other human-induced impacts on our landscape. Plowing and planting significantly impacts the fertility and structure of soil. The plowing of land creates soil that helps crop grow, but water and wind easily carries away …

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Comment on German Mining and Metallurgy in the Middle Ages by abihan

Hi Gabe,
Really awesome summary. I am always fascinated with how religion and technological advancement are sometimes connected. Your summary reminded me of a book I read — ‘The Invention of Nature’ by Andrea Wulf –that is about Alexander Humboldt who was super integral to the development of ecology as a science. But he worked a lot in mines and geology as part of his job with the Prussian king, so it was an important part of his life.

Galileo and Perspective on Machines

  Galileo is considered the ‘father of the scientific method’ and the ‘father of modern science’, among other titles complimentary of his impact on our current perspective of the natural world. In this article, Caldwell delves into Galileo’s influence on people’s view of machines and power. Before Galileo, machines were considered only in terms of …

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