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Mechanicks in the Universitie: A History of Engineering Science at Oxford

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Mechanicks in the Universitie: A History of Engineering Science at Oxford by Dr A.M. Howatson.
182 pages | Illustrated paperback | ISBN 9780952620822



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In the book Dr Alastair Howatson traces the history of engineering at the University of Oxford from the days of Richard of Wallingford (d1336) and his astronomical clock, through the seventeenth-century Oxford mechanicks who helped to found the Royal Society, to the present day. His fascinating account shows how the academic discipline of Engineering Science became accepted in the University. The modern department, founded in 1908 under Professor Charles Frewin Jenkin, grew slowly in the inter-war years and then expanded hugely in the 1960s. It is now one of the largest departments at Oxford and the only integrated engineering department in the UK to teach all the major branches of the subject. This book, commissioned for its centenary in 2008, explains how the seeds of its success, planted far back in history, have grown and bloomed in its first hundred years.