Corwin Warner

Comment on Astrolabe Research by Corwin Warner

I’ve heard about Astrolabes in nearly every history class I’ve taken and their application to navigation, but you gave a really detailed analysis as to why astrolabes were pivotal and significant throughout their use – thank you! Astrolabes were not just used by sailors as you mentioned, rather there were other navigation and religious reasons to use this tool (along with scientific predictions as you also said).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu-yC-g4fcU

Just out of curiosity, I wanted to understand how an astrolabe actually functioned in use. The link above is a real informative video that describes/demonstrates exactly how an astrolabe can predict an event such as the sunrise/sunset.

Comment on Steam Engine Origins by Corwin Warner

Interesting!
As you mentioned, the development of the steam engine was largely driven by monetary reasons regardless of the developer/inventor. I found your mention of Watt patenting a design for the steam engine catching my interest, as what portion of the steam engine did he patent? The double-action design? Regardless, acquiring a patent enables a monopolization of a process/technique/design for a period of time (20-25 years typically), and this lines up perfectly with your point on development being driven by monetary means.
Here is a link to a photo of a steam engine based on Watt’s design just for extra support: https://www.oldbookillustrations.com/illustrations/watt-steam-engine/
I also liked your reference that steam engines were originally marketed and designed for pumping water out of mines. You also mentioned that eventually the steam engine was applied to other industries – what were some of these industries?
Great summary!

Comment on Godliness and Work by Jodel Williams by Corwin Warner

Your summary of this article is very interesting. Christianity was the main driving force that pressured individuals into participating in manual labor. However, the early Romans and Greeks also didn’t desire technological advancements because of slavery. The upper-class individuals tended to see their slaves as their machines (i.e. property or tools), thus making the slaves’ jobs easier wasn’t a thought in most minds.
I did not know about the god of the forge, Hephaestus, being depicted in such a way as to disgust the craftsmanship enterprise. Very interesting.

Great summary!
Corwin W.

Comment on Summary of Carlson’s “The Romans,” by Chris Selby by Corwin Warner

Chris,

This blog summary is a fantastic representation of the Carlson article! I believe you hit almost every major point while providing some background or reasoning for why the Romans developed and advanced the way(s) they did. However, it feels like you skipped over portion of their culture including clothing and the Roman Baths. Wealthy Romans were synonymous with their decorated togas/stolas, and wealthier citizens excessively decorated their clothing as a display of power. Additionally, the Roman Baths were significant in their integration of underfloor heating, as it enabled finite control and even temperature distribution across the entire building (regardless of rooms).
Your analysis of the Roman’s military developments and styles were spot on! Part of the reason we still discuss their legacy today is due to their success and developments during their “militaristic phase.”

Great job!

Comment on The First Technological Revolution and Its Lessons by Corwin Warner

Your point about Drucker stating: “in this age of digital technological advancement, people continue to be both excited and worried about the potential social, economic, political, and ethical repercussions of such rapid progress…” caught my attention.
I know from experience that in the corporate world, the best and worst scenario businesses experience is the development of new technologies. While new technologies help drive the technical world forward by making certain scenarios easier and more cost-effective, within the span of a few days to a few years, another new technology may be developed that makes the prior tech obsolete. This scenario both aids and complicates the economic system of a company, but it also is necessary to create new, stable, economies.