By William Gurstelle

Rudolf Diesel and the Fire Piston

Welcome to the first installment of Remaking History, where I’ll trace the connections between the science and history of an experiment or invention, and show you how to re-create it as a project for your home workshop. If you have suggestions for a Remaking History column, I’d love to hear them.

—William Gurstelle,

Carl von Linde was dead tired. The eminent engineer, considered the father of the modern refrigerator, had just returned to his home in Germany from a lecture tour that took him to, among other places, Malaysia. This being the late ...

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