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Posted July 30, 2012
Pleasant read; but not exclusively abt. the invention of a sie steam Leisurely stroll through the evolution and impact of steam powered engines
Well, this book is pleasant enough to pick up and read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
But it sure is not a linear terse presentation of the evolution of steam generated power. The text is awash in asides, so many of them meaning more to a Brit, I assume than to an American, if you do not have some prev. schooling in British geography and history. A map and a timeline would have helped.
I did learn that deep mines need to have water pumped out of them ... and this prompted inventions of better pumps...which meant inventions of engines to do the job followed along inevitably, with their accompanying patent-fights and power (how apt) struggles.