By Jason Cooper
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The watermill had been the earliest form of mechanisation, freeing animals and slaves from the treadmill and peasants from grinding corn by hand. It occupies a prime place in everyone's awareness. It yielded reluctantly to steam and even today, in hydro-electric power, water continues to be a major source of electricity. At the time of the Domesday Book, in 1086, there were 5,624 mills in operation in Britain, nearly all o f them water mills, serving a population of only two million - one mill to every 400 people.
CHAPTER 5 The Letter from the Bionics Department The letter which Stephen Salter sent to Whitehall eventually arrived on the desk of Mr. Gordon Goodwin, Principal Scientific Officer at the Department of Energy. One's first impression of him is of a man withdrawn and taciturn and the reason for this attitude, presumably acquired in the job rather than inherited, is obvious: "We get a lot of oddball inquiries and schemes into this department, and most of them come my way. We frequently get perpetual motion schemes.
Every technical development threatens jobs — or creates more leisure. Finding the right answer is a problem for all of us. Today's slaves and peasants will include nuclear scientists, leaders of the National Coal Board and the National Union of Mineworkers, the cautious instincts of civil servants and politicians and the muddled sentiments o f people who distrust all industrialisation. They make a formidable combination. But the waves will not go back. CHAPTER 4 How Many Gigawatts ? How serious is wave energy?
Antlers and Horns (Let's Look at Animals Discovery Library) by Jason Cooper