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Title :

Design plans, working drawings, national styles : engineering practice in Great Britain and the United States, 1775-1945

Author :
BROWN, John K. ;
Publication year :
2000
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Examines the development and uses of mechanical drawings to uncover the cultural beliefs and political ends of engineers who wielded this outwardly rational instrument of their professional practice. Provides a narrative account that discusses how and why the forms and uses of mechanical drawings in Britain and the United States diverged so fundamentally by 1940. In the 150 years preceding their visit to America, dimensioned plans had become an essential tool in the professional practice of mechanical engineers the world over. But because British and American engineers operated in different social contexts, their applications of plans (and the drawings themselves) came to reflect and reinforce their host cultures. Author uses the differences in Anglo-American drafting practices to delineate the unique professional cultures of mechanical engineers in the two nations. ;
Pagination/Size :
4 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Arts et métiers ; Culture ; Dessin ; Dessinateurs ; Etats-Unis ; Grande-Bretagne ; Ingénieurs ; Style ; 1700-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Culture ; Draftsmen ; Drawing ; Engineering ; Engineers ; Great Britain ; Style ; United States ; 1700-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Technology and culture, 2000, 41, 2, Apr
INIST identifier :
24985334 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0040-165X ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ;