Engine Houses

We have also engine houses, where are prepared engines and instruments for all sorts of motions. There we imitate and practice to make swifter motions, than any you have, either out of your muskets, or any engine that you have; and to make them, and multiply them more easily, and with small force, by wheels, and other means; and to make them stronger, and more violent, than yours are; exceeding your greatest cannons, and basilisks.

Sir Francis Bacon: The New Atlantis, 1626

September 12, 2014