engineering

Why this hand-held footage of Woolhampton swing bridge is such a joy

14 July 2018 9:00 am

You remember slow TV? Pioneered by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, with its classic Bergensbanen — minutt for minutt (2009), which…

Red panel (1936) by Alexander Caldwell

Alexander Calder’s fine high wire act

11 November 2017 9:00 am

‘Mid-century modern’ is the useful term popularised by Cara Greenberg’s 1984 book of that title. The United States, the civilisation…

Inventing the Chinese typewriter sounds as punishing as cracking Enigma

7 October 2017 9:00 am

The history of industry is the story of the reduction of complexity to easily manageable, replicable components or actions. But…

The Brooklyn Bridge: a masterpiece of engineering and a unifying symbol after a divisive civil war

The Brooklyn Bridge — an engineering masterpiece and symbol of unity

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Before Brooklyn exceeded it in cool, Manhattanites spoke dismissively of BNTs. These were the Bridge ‘n’ Tunnel folk, the out-of-towners…

‘The Deckcheyrie For Unbalconied Flats… will be found to work perfectly, we shouldn’t wonder. If not we’re sorry’, from How to Live in a Flat, 1936, by W. Heath Robinson and K.R.G. Browne

There was method to the madness of Heath Robinson’s extraordinary illustrations

20 May 2017 9:00 am

I first came across the extraordinary creations of the artist and illustrator William Heath Robinson at least 60 years ago.…

Not everyone’s dream: the Simpson Desert, Australia

Flatness is far from boring, as Barry Higman demonstrates

1 April 2017 9:00 am

On the website of the Australian National University in Canberra, emeritus professor of history Barry Higman lists his research interests…

An elegant curiosity: Thomas Telford’s Pontycysyllte Aqueduct in north-east Wales, completed in 1805, is the longest and highest in Britain and a World Heritage Site

Thomas Telford: a man, a plan and 17 canals

21 January 2017 9:00 am

During David Cameron’s years as prime minister, an unobtrusive figure could be seen slipping out of the back entrance to…

We are the robots: Bipedal Walker, built by David Buckley and the Shadow Robot Project Group, 1987–97

Will our love affair with robots land us in the Natural History Museum?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Will our love affair with robots send us the way of the dinosaurs? Bryan Appleyard thinks it might

A Brompton engineer assembles the drivetrain system on a folding bicycle at their factory in Brentford, West London

Let’s step it up a gear for engineering

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Highly qualified engineers need a government-backed image boost, says Brompton Bikes MD Will Butler-Adams

Britain has the lowest percentage of women engineers in Europe. Why?

2 May 2015 9:00 am

‘It’s hard to know how to tell this story,’ she said as she began. ‘Because it’s so loaded. It’s so…

Lord Bamford on why JCB is staying independent

30 November 2013 9:00 am

‘If I can’t see a factory from up here,’ I mutter to myself, throwing the car round an uphill bend…