Watt's Perfect Engine: Steam and the Age of Invention

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Icon, 2004 - Engineers - 214 pages
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This book reveals how James Watt -- inventor of the separate-condenser steam engine -- became an icon fit for an age of industry and invention. 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.

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Breeding an Inventor
The Business of Natural Philosophy
Rediscovering Steam

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About the author (2004)

Ben Marsden is a lecturer in cultural history and the history of science at the University of Aberdeen.

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