James Watt

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The Minerva Group, Inc., 2001 - 252 pages
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"When the publishers asked me to write the Life of Watt, I declined, stating that my thoughts were upon other matters. This settled the question, as I supposed, but in this I was mistaken. Why shouldn't I write the Life of the maker of the steam engine, out of which I had made a fortune? Besides I knew little of the history of the Steam Engine and of Watt himself, and the surest way to obtain knowledge was to comply with the publisher's highly complimentary request. In short, the subject would not down, and finally, I was compelled to write again, telling them that the idea haunted me, and if they still desired me to undertake it, I should do so with my heart in the task. I now know about the steam engine, and have also had revealed to me one of the finest characters that ever graced the earth. For all this I am deeply grateful to the publishers. I am indebted to friends, Messrs. Angus Sinclair and Edward R. Cooper, for editing my notes upon Scientific and Mechanical points. The result is this volume. If the public, in reading, have one tithe of the pleasure I have had in writing it, I shall be amply rewarded." Andrew Carnegie
 

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Contents

Authors Preface
3
Glasgow to LondonReturn to Glasgow
23
Captured by Steam
45
Partnership with Roebuck
67
Boulton Partnership
87
Removal to Birmingham
121
Second Patent
157
The Record of the Steam Engine
195
Watt in Old Age
213
Watt the Inventor and Discoverer 323
221
Watt the Man 333
231
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