Write a 5 pages paper on key milestones in the development of engineering. However, some inventions have also proved to be harmful to mankind but these inventions have not earned the kind of name that other inventions have. The field of engineering has witnessed many great thinkers and geniuses who turned ideas into reality and made life easier for mankind.
History marks numerous milestones that have shaped the modern era of technology that we currently live in. The following are few of the milestones that directed mankind towards progression and changed the way people live:
(Wikimedia, “Karl Drais”) states that around 1820, a German inventor named Karl Friedrich Drais invented the Laufmaschine (“running machine”), also later called the draisine (English) or nick-named, dandy horse personal transport. This was a two-wheeler without pedals.
This proved to be a great milestone in the progress of engineering as it incorporated the two-wheeler principle which is the basis of the bicycle and motorcycle. This marked the beginning of mechanized personal transport.
(Wobbe Vegter, “Werner von Siemens”) states that in 1866, Werner von Siemens discovered the dynamo-electric principle which made it possible for electricity to be used as a source of power. Then later in 1867, he submitted a report to the Berlin Academy of Sciences on the conversion of mechanical energy into electric current in which he predicted that “Technology now has the means to generate an electrical current of unlimited strength in an inexpensive and convenient way wherever mechanical energy is available”. This opened the gates to other electrical inventions by this engineer and others. Siemens introduced the first electric railway in Berlin in 1879, the first electric streetlights in that same year, the first electric elevator and the first electric streetcar in 1881.