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Winter 1993

Volume 8, Issue 3


The Antarctic Snow Cruiser of 1939 was an amazing feat of engineering. Or would have been—if it had worked.

Engineering students have been taught to rely far too completely on computer models, and their lack of old-fashioned, direct hands-on experience can be disastrous

When a new technology is introduced, there is often a crucial fight over whose standards will prevail. One of the most spectacular of such episodes occurred in the last century’s greatest industry.
Railroads may have fueled America’s expansion into the West, but windmills made it possible to stay there
Igor Sikorsky’s dream was to liberate transportation by introducing a flying machine that could take off and land anywhere. He did it, but it took him a lifetime.
John Ericsson’s 1853 engine promised a revolution in power generation—clean, quiet, safe, and cheaper than steam. The only problem: It was impossible.


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