History of Mechanism and Machine Science

Mechanisms in Ancient Chinese Books with Illustrations

Authors: Hsiao, Kuo-Hung, Yan, Hong-Sen

  • Invaluable tool for the study of ancient machinery
  • Uses illustrated examples to set out how ancient Chinese designs of the time can be reconstructed today
  • Stimulates thought about new machinery for the future
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About this book

This book presents a unique approach for studying mechanisms and machines with drawings that were depicted unclearly in ancient Chinese books.
The historical, cultural and technical backgrounds of the mechanisms are explained, and various mechanisms described and illustrated in ancient books are introduced. By utilizing the idea for the conceptual design of modern mechanisms, all feasible designs of ancient mechanisms with uncertain members and joints that meet the technical standards of the subjects’ time periods are synthesized systematically. Ancient Chinese crossbows (the original crossbow and repeating crossbows), textile mechanisms (silk-reeling mechanism, spinning mechanisms, and looms), and many other artisan's tool mechanisms are used as illustrated examples. Such an approach provides a logical method for the reconstruction designs of ancient mechanisms with uncertain structures. It also provides an innovative direction for researchers to further identify the original structures of mechanisms and machines with drawings in ancient literature.
This book can be used as a textbook and/or supplemental reading material for courses related to history of ancient (Chinese) machinery and creative mechanism design for senior and graduate students.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hsiao, Kuo-Hung (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Mechanisms with Illustrations in Ancient Books

    Hsiao, Kuo-Hung (et al.)

    Pages 9-32

  • Mechanisms and Machines

    Hsiao, Kuo-Hung (et al.)

    Pages 33-59

  • Ancient Chinese Machinery

    Hsiao, Kuo-Hung (et al.)

    Pages 61-89

  • Reconstruction Design Methodology

    Hsiao, Kuo-Hung (et al.)

    Pages 91-108

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eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-02009-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-02008-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 13, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37694-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
Rent the ebook  
  • Rental duration: 1 or 6 month
  • low-cost access
  • online reader with highlighting and note-making option
  • can be used across all devices
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mechanisms in Ancient Chinese Books with Illustrations
Authors
Series Title
History of Mechanism and Machine Science
Series Volume
23
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-02009-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-02009-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-02008-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37694-3
Series ISSN
1875-3442
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 302
Number of Illustrations and Tables
221 b/w illustrations
Topics