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Application of Engineering Experience

Historically, engineering was largely empirical, using experience to create new advances & technology (a.k.a. trial and error or tinkering)

Engineering allowed cultural and societal advances to occur

Water Supply (Hydraulics): Egyptian irrigation, Roman aqueducts, Dutch windmills, canals

Commerce (Navigation): English Longitude Act 1714

overcome economic losses due to lost ships foundering

technological limitations in material science

John Harrison awarded prize for chronometer (development and trials 1715 - 1764)

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