James Watt & Co: Directions for using the Patent Portable Copying Machines

Author
James Watt & Co.

Title
Directions for using the Patent Portable Copying Machines, invented & made by James Watt and Company, of Soho, near Birmingham

Publisher
T. A. Pearson’s Printing Office, 1810.


An original technical manual – a fascinating source for fans of the history of science. I used it for writing my post “The Origin of Now (Part 4) – The Letter Copying Press and Mr Watt’s Secrets Recipes for Ink and Liquor”.

Specification of the patent granted to Mr. James Watt of Birmingham

Title
Specification of the patent granted to Mr. James Watt of Birmingham, for his new method of copying letters and other writings

Published in
The Repertory of Arts and Manufactures, Vol 1; London, 1794.


The Repertory of Arts and Manufactures is a brilliant source for research on the history of science. I found it very helpful for writing my post “The Origin of Now (Part 4) – The Letter Copying Press and Mr Watt’s Secrets Recipes for Ink and Liquor”.

Ackroyd, J. A. D.: Sir George Cayley: The Invention of the Aeroplane near Scarborough at the Time of Trafalgar

Author
Ackroyd, J. A. D.

Title
Sir George Cayley: The Invention of the Aeroplane near Scarborough at the Time of Trafalgar

Published at
Journal of Aeronautical History, Paper No. 2011/ 6; L


The book was helpful for writing my post “The Origin of Now (Part 3) – The Man Who Understood Why Airplanes Fly”.

Shectman, Jonathan: Groundbreaking Scientific Experiments, Inventions, and Discoveries of the 18th Century

Author
Shectman, Jonathan

Title
Groundbreaking Scientific Experiments, Inventions, and Discoveries of the 18th Century

Publisher
Greenwood, 2003.


Mr. Shectman is the former editor of a series of science education books published by the National Science Resources Center. His book is a treat for everybody interested in the History of Science. I found it very helpful for writing my post “The Origin of Now: Part I”.

Stanyard, Robert: Tales from the Pen Room

Author
Stanyard, Robert

Title
Tales from the Pen Room

Publisher
The Pen Room, Birmingham


Robert „Nibman“ Stanyard is manager at The Pen Room in Birmingham. His leaflet provides an fascinating insight into the lifes of the metal workers producing pen nibs in 19the century Brimingham. I found it very helpful for writing my post “The Origin of Now: Part I”.

Kottick, Edward L.: A History of the Harpsichord

Author
Kottick, Edward L.

Title
A History of the Harpsichord, Volume 1

Publisher
Indiana University Press, 2003.


Mr Kottick is professor emeritus of musicology at The University of Iowa. Interestingly, the book is not only about hapsichords, but also contains a notable passage about roller blades. I found it very helpful for writing my post “The Origin of Now: Part I”.

Pocock, G.: The Aeropleustic Art or Navigation in the Air by the use of Kites, or Buoyant Sails

Author
Pocock, George

Title
The Aeropleustic Art or Navigation in the Air by the use of Kites, or Buoyant Sails

Publisher
W. Wilson, 1827


The book is brilliant primary source for delving into a historical amateur scientist’s work and passion. It is freely accessible here.

I used the book for writing my post “The Girl, the Kite and the Eccentric Inventor”.

Holmes, R.: The Age of Wonder

Author
Holmes, Richard

Title
The Age of Wonder

Publisher
HarperPress, 2009


Mr Holmes introduces you to the leading scientists of the Second Scientific Revolution in Britain. Even if you never liked science at school you will enjoy this skillful and witty description of an amazing time and its thrilling discoveries. The book is a must-read for every Regency Enthusiast.

The book was helpful for writing my post “The Girl, the Kite and the Eccentric Inventor”.

Daumas, M.: Scientific Instruments of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Author
Daumas, Maurice

Title
Scientific Instruments of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Publisher
Praeger Publishers, 1972


Maurice Daumas, professor of history of technology, was one of the first scientists to look into the history of science in France. He was especially interested in industrial archeology and the role of scientific instruments in the progress of science. I used the book when I was writing my post “Fashion Meets Scientific Progress: The “Spy Fan”.