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An extremely important, original, and substantial work. Few books in the history of technology can compare with it. -- Edwin Layton, University of Minnesota
Terry S. Reynolds is a professor of history at Michigan Technological University. He is a past president of the Society for the History of Technology, twice winner of the Society for Industrial Archaeology's Norton Prize, and author or editor of seven books dealing with the history of technology.
The most comprehensive and definitive history of the water wheel ever published... Reynolds's study is documented by a staggering number of notes and a vast bibliography, and the text is supplemented by numerous excellent illustrations... An attractive and highly useful source of information. * Choice * This is an exceptional scholarly work-clearly written, fully documented, and informatively illustrated. * Library Journal * This lucid, technically precise, and comprehensive study of this key element in the evolution of Western society is a major scholarly contribution. It is also an extremely interesting and readable book that should appeal to anyone with an interest in energy, machinery, or innovation. * Science *