Comment on Technology in Early China by khinds101

Great post! The pizza statement threw me off, so I had to Google it. So there is a Chinese-version of pizza. It’s called Cong you bing, aka scallion pancake. Of course, they aren’t made with tomato sauce like the Italians make pizza, but it looks interesting to try. Besides that, I agree with Pyinsong about how tech was treated. I remember in Guttman’s article, “Stirrup and Lance”, he mentioned that stirrups were used for mounted archery and not warfare in Asian countries (including China).

Comment on Tarkov- Engineering the Erie Canal by David Barney by khinds101

Great summary about the Erie Canal. It also had a great economic impact on New York. According to, “As the gateway to these resource-rich lands, New York soon became the nation’s economic epicenter…” Ever since it opened, New York had a large population boom between 1820 and 1850. But not only New York was impacted, of course. The whole country benefited off of this. To learn more, you can refer to this link. It includes a nice short video:

Comment on The Rise of Coal Technology – Harris by khinds101

The last paragraph grabbed my attention. This is actually the first time I’ve read an article that questioned the relation of the Industrial Revolution and Britain’s impact on it. Very interesting. Anyways, I found a website that has a neat graph that shows the statistics on the consumption of coal in Britain at the time. It works well with your summary, showing the significance of the usage of coal:

Comment on Early Iron Making in America by khinds101

Good description about the process of how iron was made. It’s always interesting to read about the origins of the significant technologies (like iron). after reading this, I became curious to see the iron-making process live. I found a video on a group of people who smelted iron in a traditional bloomery:
Also, if anyone was curious to know how iron not only impacted the Americas, but other countries as well. This source talks about the Iron Age:

Essay Revision- The Guillotine: How One Machine Painted France Red

By: Kayla Hinds Dr. Joseph Ignace Guillotin stood among his colleagues at the National Assembly on June 20th, 1789. He had one proposal: reform capital punishment (also known as the death penalty) by machinery. Originally, the Assembly rejected his proposal; however, with the later support of Charles-Henri Sanson and Dr. Antoine Louis in 1792, Dr.…

Comment on Textiles and Steam Engines by khinds101

Good summary, I think you had a good understanding of the article and fitted the important points into a short description. I found a link about the flying shuttle device: It talks a…

Comment on Boulton Letter (Steam Engine) by khinds101

Great summary. You describe the functions of the machine very clear. (good for those who couldn’t understand what the text was saying). This may be necessary but I would add in a summary of the equations he listed (comparing the machine’s power to horse power). Just to be more detailed and emphasize the power of the machine. Also, the examples of places he listed to demonstrate why it’s tractable (ex. drawing coals, spinning silk, etc)

Stearns: “Population Growth”

Kayla Hinds Peter Stearns, in his article, “Population Growth” analyzes the boom of Europe’s population during the 18th century. Stearns remarked that this growth was “the most important disruptive force in the 18th century”, given that it forced all social classes to ditch old traditions and modernize their methods for survival. There were, of course,…

White: “The Medieval Uses of Air”

By: Kayla Hinds Lynn White Jr., in his article “Medieval Uses of Air”, examines past technologies. White began the article by explaining the relationship between science and technology. They weren’t always studied together. White says that science was mainly used to understand nature, while technology “was an exclusively practical attempt to use nature for human…