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Richard Trevithick, Giant of Steam
     

Richard Trevithick, Giant of Steam

by Anthony Burton
 

Two hundred years ago, Richard Trevithick invented the "Cornish engine," the world's first self-propelled steam vehicle. Yet fame and fortune obstinately eluded this great engineer whose reckless, headstrong nature often made him his own worst enemy. Despite dying in poverty and relative obscurity, he is now recognized as one of the most remarkable figures of the

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Two hundred years ago, Richard Trevithick invented the "Cornish engine," the world's first self-propelled steam vehicle. Yet fame and fortune obstinately eluded this great engineer whose reckless, headstrong nature often made him his own worst enemy. Despite dying in poverty and relative obscurity, he is now recognized as one of the most remarkable figures of the Industrial Revolution, and his extraordinary career, which took him from his native Cornwall to London and then on to 17 years of adventuring in South America, makes for wonderfully lively reading in this biography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781854108784
Publisher:
Aurum Press, Limited
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Pages:
246
Sales rank:
831,499
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.65(d)

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