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The Story of James Watt and the Steam Engine (Annotated) Sarah Knowles Bolton

The Story of James Watt and the Steam Engine (Annotated)

Sarah Knowles Bolton

Published March 16th 2012
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Kindle Edition
10 pages
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Originally published in 1890 as a portion of the author’s larger “Successful Men Who Have Risen from the Ranks,” this Kindle edition, equivalent in length to a physical book of approximately 16 pages, describes the life and work of Scottish engineerMoreOriginally published in 1890 as a portion of the author’s larger “Successful Men Who Have Risen from the Ranks,” this Kindle edition, equivalent in length to a physical book of approximately 16 pages, describes the life and work of Scottish engineer James Watt, who greatly improved the efficiency of the steam engine.Includes supplemental material:• A Brief Summary of the Life of James Watt• A Brief History of the Steam EngineSample passage:Watt first experimented with common vials for steam-reservoirs, and canes hollowed out for steam-pipes. For months he went on working night and day, trying new plans, testing the powers of steam, borrowing a brass syringe a foot long for his cylinder, till finally the essential principles of the steam engine were born in his mind. He wrote to a friend, “My whole thoughts are bent on this machine. I can think of nothing else.” He hired an old cellar, and for two months worked on his model. His tools were poor- his foreman died- and the engine, when completed, leaked in all parts. His old business of mending instruments had fallen off- he was badly in debt, and had no money to push forward the invention. He believed he had found the right principle- but he could not let his family starve. Sick at heart, and worn in body, he wrote: “Of all things in life there is nothing more foolish than inventing.” Poor Watt!About the author:Sarah Knowles Bolton (1841-1916) was an American writer of biographical sketches, children’s books, and poetry. Other works include “Famous European Artists,” “Lives of Girls Who Became Famous,” and “Famous Voyagers and Explorers.”