Good job summarizing the main ideas — I agree that it’s important to see that the various industries contributed jointly. I also agree that McClellan is an easy and logical read! Definitely would recommend.
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 …
Yeah! There’s a lot of different techniques like conservation tillage (not tilling as much) and using cover crops. They aren’t perfect solutions, but t’s better than conventional practices I think.
This post reminds me of books by Mark Twain. It’s pretty cool how technology can also influence literature and creative arts!
Very cool connection to the Morrill Act! I would have never thought about the impact the Erie Canal might have had on our education system.
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 …
Cool post! The list made it easy to compare and contrast the two machines and understand the differences.
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 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 …
What a cool topic! It’s really interesting how a lot of indigenous civilizations treated food and plants as sacred, mystic objects. What a change that is from today, where we seem to just mindlessly eat whatever is in front of us!