History of Mechanical Engineering

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History of Mechanical Engineering

dates to ancient Greece and China, where mechanisms like screw pumps, steam engines, clocks, seismometers, and even differential gears were invented. Chain drives, escarpments, crankshafts, and camshafts date to the Middle Ages. Mechanical engineering turned analytical with Newton’s Laws of Motion and the invention of calculus. By 1825, the U.S. had three schools of engineering: the U.S. Military Academy, Norwich Univ., and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.