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2,477. April 11th 1862: I firmly believe that before many centuries more, Science will be the master of man. The engines he will have invented will be beyond his strength to control. Some day Science will have the existence of mankind in his power, and the human race commit suicide by blowing up the world. (Science & Humanity & Engineering & World & End of the World) Henry Brooks Adams
83,061. The ancients considered mechanics in a twofold respect; as rational, which proceeds accurately by demonstration, and practical. To practical mechanics all the manual arts belong, from which mechanics took its name. But as artificers do not work with perfect accuracy, it comes to pass that mechanics is so distinguished from geometry, that what is perfectly accurate is called geometrical; what is less so is called mechanical. But the errors are not in the art, but in the artificers. (Newton & Engineering) Isaac Newton, Principia Mathematica
3,076. A giant telescope in orbit will capture the light fresh from the stars themselves. It will also test the limits of Earth-bound engineering. (Space & Telescope & Engineering) Hubble: The Ultimate Telescope 2010
3,077. Hubble is one of the twentieth century’s great feats of engineering. (Space & Telescope & Engineering) ibid.
3,078. It takes engineers four million man-hours to design and build the mirrors. (Space & Telescope & Engineering & Mirror) ibid.
5,761. The arch is an engineering invention. (Evolution & Engineering & Humanity) Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 3/13: The Grain in the Stone, BBC 1973
5,800. Water had become the engineers’ element. (Evolution & Water & Engineering & Humanity) Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 8/13: The Drive For Power
5,803. This was a heroic age – Thomas Telford felt that, spanning the landscape with iron. (Evolution & Iron & Humanity & Engineering & Industrial Revolution) ibid.
23,617. We call them engineers. They engineered us. (Aliens & Science Fiction Films & Engineering) Prometheus ***** 2012 starring Michael Fassbender & Charlize Theron & Noomi Rapace & Guy Pearce & Logan Marshall-Green & Rafe Spall & Sean Harris & Kate Dickie & Benedict Wong et al, director Ridley Scott, Elizabeth Shaw
25,681. It’s the engineers who build societies. (Star Trek: Voyager & Engineering & Society) Star Trek: Voyager s7e10: Flesh and Blood II, B’Elanna
31,136. Brunel himself was knocked unconscious and washed all the way back to the tunnel of the central shaft. (England & Great Britain & Engineering) Jeremy Clarkson, Great Britons: Brunel, BBC 2002
31,137. The Greatest Britain of all time. (England & Great Britain & Engineering) ibid.
31,138. At the heart of this extraordinary transformation is one man Isambard Kingdom Brunel ... The Clifton Suspension Bridge ... The Great Western Railway, the Bristol & Exeter Railway, Taft Vale, South Devon, Cornwall, the Bristol & Gloucester ... Brunel built modern Britain. (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Bridge & Railways) ibid.
31,139. Enormously bold and heady engineering ... He combined form and function to completely transform our landscape. (England & Great Britain & Engineering) ibid.
31,140. He realised he was running the greatest show on Earth. (England & Great Britain & Engineering) ibid.
31,141. He wanted to give Bristol something exotic ... Ancient Egypt – so that was the route he took. Designing it was one thing, but building it was something else. (England & Great Britain & Engineering) ibid.
31,142. Brunel was left dangling two hundred feet above Avon ... He had cheated death for a second time. (England & Great Britain & Engineering) ibid.
31,143. In London he was building another suspension bridge over the Thames, the tunnel underneath it was inching along, he was also doing the docks in Sunderland, designing his first ship, and he got married ... (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Bridge) ibid.
31,144. He began work on what was to become the Great Western Railway. (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Railways) ibid.
31,145. Brunel wanted his tracks seven feet apart ... The larger the wheel the less the friction ... Fit the big wheels and then put the carriage between them ... A lower center of gravity, you’ve got better dynamics ... and something that changed the world – more speed. (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Railways) ibid.
31,146. A bridge with two enormous hundred-and-twenty-foot arches ... All the experts said it would collapse ... It’s still the widest, flattest brick arch in the world: a beautiful bridge. (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Bridge) ibid.
31,147. He proposed a tunnel: two miles long ... He built this exquisite, elaborate and very expensive facade but inside it was unlined ... The opening of the Box Tunnel meant a straight and level run from London to Bristol in four hours, thirteen hours faster than the mail coach. (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Railways & Tunnel) ibid.
31,148. Brunel’s Temple Meads Terminus. It is impossible to over-stress the importance of the Great Western Railway ... Brunel’s railway changed our expectations, it changed our aspirations, it changed everything. (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Railways) ibid.
31,149. Crossing the Atlantic: he’d had an idea, a big one as usual: he wanted people to catch the train in London, get off in Bristol, and then board a steam-ship bound for New York. (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Transport) ibid.
31,150. He came up with this the SS Great Britain – the biggest ship the world had ever seen. Not just the biggest either, she was the first ocean-going liner to be made from iron, and the first to have a propeller instead of paddle wheels. (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Ship) ibid.
31,151. Everything about the Great Britain was gigantic ... You should see his idea of a spanner! (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Ship) ibid.
31,152. On just her fifth trip to New York she ran aground off Ireland ... She was sold ... Dumped on the Falkland Islands ... This was the most advanced ship in the world and look what they did to her. (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Ship) ibid.
31,153. A modern propeller designed by a computer in the twenty-first century is only five percent more efficient than this propeller which was designed by a Victorian bloke in a tall hat. (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Ship) ibid.
31,154. 1843 ... He was still only thirty-seven. The crowning glory of the Great Western Railway: Paddington Station. (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Railway) ibid.
31,155. There was an air of indestructibility to everything he built. (England & Great Britain & Engineering) ibid.
31,156. The launch pad for the biggest, more impressive, most astonishing engineering feat probably ever ... the Great Eastern ... a leviathan. (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Ship) ibid.
31,157. Brunel has scripted another East End soap opera ... The launch: thousands came, but the ship was too heavy to budge. Brunel felt publicly humiliated. Finally, they got her to float and the problems really started ... On her maiden voyage there were only thirty-eight passengers ... The leviathan became a transatlantic cable-layer. (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Ship) ibid.
31,158. Brunel didn’t even live to see the ship sail. (England & Great Britain & Engineering) ibid.
31,159. Darwin told the world where we had come from but Brunel had done something so much more important: he took us to where we were going. (England & Great Britain & Engineering) ibid.
31,199. Isambard Kingdom Brunel – he was the most famous engineer in the world. (England & Great Britain & Victoria & Engineering) Empires: Queen Victoria’s Empire I: Engines of Change, PBS 2001
31,200. He had conceived of the SS Great Britain as the first all-iron steamship. (England & Great Britain & Victoria & Engineering & Ship) ibid.
48,612. Coal: here at Worsley in the north-west commerce, necessity, raw materials and invention came together to kick-start the industrial revolution. (Coal & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Mining & England & Great Britain) Mark Williams, Industrial Revelations s1e1: Boom Time, BBC 2002
48,613. Demand for coal was heavily outstripping supply ... The solution to the problem was found in the last place you’d expect: down the mine itself ... Water. And you’ve got to get rid of it because it runs downhill ... And this is the engine that powers the pump. It’s a very special engine. (Coal & Engineering & Water & Mining) ibid.
48,614. Why not use the water? Why not treat it as a resource? In the same way you treat the coal you’ve so heavily won underground. Why not use it to create a canal so that you can transport your coal to your points of sale? (Coal & Engineering & Water & Mining & Canal) ibid.
47,835. They laid rails but they treated the route as if it was a canal. Long flat sections interspersed with short steep inclines sometimes up to one in seven. The new railway reinforced Cromford’s importance as an industrial centre. Cheap cotton could now be sent to the weaving mills of Lancashire. These original Cromford & High Peak Company rails are cast-iron and one point two metres in length. They are all straight. (Railway & Cotton & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England) Mark Williams, Industrial Revelations s1e2: Pants for Everyone