James Watt, Chemist: Understanding the Origins of the Steam Age

James Watt, Chemist: Understanding the Origins of the Steam Age

by David Philip Miller

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James Watt, Chemist: Understanding the Origins of the Steam Age by David Philip Miller

In the Victorian era, James Watt became an iconic engineer, but in his own time he was also an influential chemist. Miller examines Watt’s illustrious engineering career in light of his parallel interest in chemistry, arguing that Watt’s conception of steam engineering relied upon chemical understandings.

Part I of the book—Representations—examines the way James Watt has been portrayed over time, emphasizing sculptural, pictorial and textual representations from the nineteenth century. As an important contributor to the development of arguably the most important technology of industrialization, Watt became a symbol that many groups of thinkers were anxious to claim. Part II—Realities—focuses on reconstructing the unsung "chemical Watt" instead of the lionized engineer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822981725
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 06/15/2009
Series: Sci & Culture in the Nineteenth Century
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

David Philip Miller is emeritus professor of history of science at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Table of Contents

Cover Half Title Title Copyright Contents Dedication Acknowledgements List of Figures Introduction 1. Of Statues, Kettles and Indicators - The 'Mechanical Watt' 2. The Demise of the 'Chemical Watt' in the Nineteenth Century 3. The 'Mechanical Watt': The Making of a 'Philosophical Engineer' 4. Watt's Chemistry of Heat 5. The Steam Engine as Chemistry 6. The Indicator Understood, or Why Watt was not a Proto-thermodynamicist 7. Conclusions Notes Works Cited Index

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