Revised Paper : Mongolians and the Saddle: A Nation Built on Horseback

Historians consider the Mongols one of the most horse-dependent societies in history. Their widespread use of the horse has been largely credited to the saddle, which went through many stages and developments to become a powerful tool. The earliest saddles emerged in nomadic cultures in Central Asia, estimated between 500 and 300 BCE, and consisted …

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Comment on Tarkov- Engineering the Erie Canal by David Barney by kdeane


I enjoyed your summary, and the tie-in with the Morrill Act, which ultimately lead to the creation of Virginia Tech! I find it so astounding that what was considered a grand engineering feat at the time was completed by self-taught “engineers” and everyday people.

I attached an article that offers a nice summary of how the Erie canal affected American engineering and the economy, especially in leading to the expansion of engineering education.


Comment on Early Iron Making in America by kdeane


I really liked your summary of the Lewis article; easy to understand while covering the high points. I was surprised that the origin of the name pig iron was so literal – it looked like pigs, so that’s what it was called. The article below offers more information on pig iron production and the science behind it, as well as some videos on the subject.


Ferguson “The Origin of the Steam Engine”

One of the most popular and heavily discussed historic inventions was the steam engine. However, the invention of the steam engine is mistakenly credited to James Watt. In reality, the development of the steam engine took place over many years and was approached by many people. Thomas Survey and Thomas Newcomen are two examples of …

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Kailey Deane – Chapter 7 Gimpel’s “The Medieval Machine”: The Mechanical Clock

Chapter 7 of The Medieval Machine, by Jean Gimpel, illustrates the innovations that lead to the mechanical and astronomical clock, as well as the Medieval society that allowed for such work to take place. The Middle Ages, although considered to be a dark period for humanity, set the stage for invention and innovation. Unlike earlier …

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Clarke “The Great Stirrup Controversy” – Kailey Deane

The stirrup, one of the seemingly small innovations of the ancient world, was one that changed the face of warfare and expanded the exploitation of horses in defense. “The Great Stirrup Controversy” by Colin Clarke offers an in-depth discussion of how the stirrup lead to different forms of warfare, weapons, and social structures. Prior to …

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