A Life of George Westinghouse

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C. Scribner, 1922 - Electric machinery - 375 pages

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Page 319 - The Bessemer invention takes its rank with the great events which have changed the face of society since the Middle Ages. The invention of printing, the construction of the magnetic compass, the discovery of America and the introduction of the steam engine are the only capital events in modern history which belong to the same category as the Bessemer process.
Page 26 - ... that their devices preceded his or that theirs were more comprehensive or effective. Various litigants filed thousands of papers to prove their points. Several of those suits were combined in 1875 and threatened the very foundation of Westinghouse's efforts and business. A Cleveland-based judge agreed that "Westinghouse was not the first to conceive the idea of operating railway brakes by air pressure" and that he "was not the inventor of the larger part of the devices employed for such purposes.
Page 319 - Of all inventions, the alphabet and the printing press alone excepted, those inventions which abridge distance have done most for the civilization of our species. Every improvement of the means of locomotion benefits mankind morally and intellectually as well as materially, and not only facilitates the interchange of the various productions of nature and art, but tends to remove national and provincial antipathies...
Page 11 - Be paid. as the second: for there is a. youth in thoughts, as well as in ages; and yet the invention of young men is more lively than that of old, and imaginations stream into their minds better, and, as it were, more divinely.
Page 307 - Exposition was not Darwin's forte and his English is sometimes wonderful. But there is a marvellous dumb sagacity about him — like that of a sort of miraculous dog — and he gets to the truth by ways as dark as those of the Heathen Chinee.
Page 160 - ... to costs which at first were not considered with sufficient care. 4. Believing unreservedly that the increased capacity of a railway and its stations, the economies of operation, and other advantages will bring about gradually the systematic electrification of steam railways, the wish of the author is that the progress of the art may not be hampered and such electrification of main lines delayed or rendered unprofitable by mistakes which, with experience, judgment and foresight, might be avoided....
Page 266 - Mr. Westinghouse's conception of what should have been done was faultless. It was his misfortune that he was a quarter of a century ahead of the times. If Great Britain had accepted his advice countless millions of waste would have been saved. It will now be necessary to scrap enormous investments in un-economical plants to make way for the carrying out of Mr. Westinghouse's plan.
Page 69 - The rotation of the wheel is arrested as soon as the friction between the brake-block and the wheel exceeds the adhesion between the wheel and the rail ; and therefore the amount of pressure which should be applied to the wheel is a function of the weight which the wheel brings upon the rail. The value of this function varies with the adhesion ; hence, with a high adhesion...

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