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The life and legend of James Watt : collaboration, natural philosophy, and the improvement of the steam engine

Author: David Philip Miller
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2019]
Series: Science and culture in the nineteenth century.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Life and Legend of James Watt offers a deeper understanding of the work and character of the great eighteenth-century engineer. Stripping away layers of legend built over generations, David Philip Miller finds behind the heroic engineer a conflicted man often diffident about his achievements but also ruthless in protecting his inventions and ideas, and determined in pursuit of money and fame. A skilled and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: James Watt; James Watt
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Philip Miller
ISBN: 9780822945581 0822945584
OCLC Number: 1048932586
Description: xix, 420 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: The making of a Scottish improver --
Improving ventures : civil engineering and steam --
Birmingham, Boulton, and steam enterprise --
Watt as natural philosopher --
Team Watt : collective genius --
The fruits of success --
The living legend --
Afterlife : a man for all causes --
Concluding reflections on the great steamer.
Series Title: Science and culture in the nineteenth century.
Responsibility: David Philip Miller.

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