Brief History of The Age of Steam, A by Thomas Crump 2007 SC
Brief History of The Age of Steam, A by Thomas Crump 2007 SC
Brief History of The Age of Steam, A by Thomas Crump 2007 SC
Brief History of The Age of Steam, A by Thomas Crump 2007 SC
Brief History of The Age of Steam, A by Thomas Crump 2007 SC

Brief History of The Age of Steam, A by Thomas Crump 2007 SC

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Brief History of The Age of Steam, A by Thomas Crump 2007 SC
 
A Brief History of The Age of Steam by Thomas Crump 2007 SC
The Power that Drove the Industrial Revolution
Soft Cover
Copyright 2007
370 Pages
In 1710 an obscure Devon ironmonger, Thomas Newcomen, invented a new machine fueled by coal. By condensing steam in a cylinder the mechanism could provide power sufficient to work the pumps used for the labor-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.
Passionately written and insightful, A Brief History of the Age of Steam explores the lives of the great inventors like James Watt, Robert Stephenson and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and also tells a narrative that reaches from Europe and North America to Africa, Asia and South America. The world changed and the consequences are still being felt today.
Contents
List of Mapsvii
Prefaceviii
A Note on Measurementsxii
List of Abbreviationsxiii
Introduction: The Transport Paradigm1
Transport by Land and its Limitations18
The Domination of Sea Traffic37
The Invention of the Steam Engine and the
Problem of Locomotion50
The American Riverboat71
The Steamboat and Inland Waterways102
The Railways' First Forty Years121
British Railway Mania147
Mature Railway Systems186

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