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Watt's Perfect Engine Steam and the Age of Invention

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ISBN-10: 0231131720

ISBN-13: 9780231131728

Edition: 2004

Authors: Ben Marsden

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As the inventor of the separate-condenser steam engine -- that Promethean symbol of technological innovation and industrial progress -- James Watt has become synonymous with the spirit of invention, while his last name has long been immortalized as the very measurement of power. But contrary to popular belief, Watt did not single-handedly bring about the steam revolution. His "perfect engine" was as much a product of late-nineteenth-century Britain as it was of the inventor's imagination. As one of the greatest technological developments in human history, the steam engine was a major progenitor of the Industrial Revolution, but it was also symptomatic of its many problems. Armed with a…    
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/11/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction: What's Watt?
Breeding an Inventor
Re-discovering Steam
Re-inventing Steam
An Experiment in Engineering
Learning Industry
Doubling, Rotating, Expanding and Indicating
Circumnavigating Watt: Pirates and Patents
Manufacturing and Marketing: the Business of the Steam Engine
'My dear philosophe': James Watt, Man of Science
The Progeny of Steam: Planes, Trains and Automobiles?
Monuments and Myths: Re-imagining Watt