BRIEF HISTORY OF THE AGE OF STEAM


BRIEF HISTORY OF THE AGE OF STEAM

THOMAS CRUMP    Book Number: 87236    Product format: Paperback

In 1710, an obscure Devon ironmonger Thomas Newcomen invented a new machine fuelled by coal. By condensing steam in a cylinder, the mechanism could provide power sufficient to work the pumps used for the labour-intensive but vital work of extracting water from mines. Over the next 200 years by land, sea and rail, the steam engine would be at the heart of the revolution that made the fortunes of nations. Passionate and insightful, the book explores the lives of the great inventors like James Watt, Robert Stephenson and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The narrative reaches from Europe and North America to Africa, Asia and South America. The world changed, and the consequences are still being felt today. "A serious and fully furnished history of science". - A. C. Grayling. Chapters include The Domination of Sea Traffic, The American River Boat, The Steamboat and Inland Waterways, British Railway Mania and Steam Conquers the Oceans. With eight maps, 370pp in paperback.
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ISBN 9781845295530
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