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This book is very nicely done, well written and loaded with fascinating details.
Never-the-less, I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the history of technology and the industrial revolution.
The book tended to jump around too much and it was hard to follow the thread of some chapters.
If you liked the TV-show "Connections" with James Burke -- still available on You-tube -- you'll like this. Read morePublished 26 days ago by David F. Mcginnis
To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, the patriot believes that his country is the greatest, because he was born there, but in the United States, this collective egotism has expanded... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Keith Otis Edwards
Jam-packed with interesting and important history about how brilliant tinkerers in western Europe and mainly Great Britain were able to dramatically increase human productivity and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by dave ferree
great read about the people & cultural context surrounding all the relevant events & innovations that led to the industrial revolution, the steam engine, and the locomotive.Published 3 months ago by Paolo Malabuyo
I was trained (and licensed) decades ago to operate steam powered propulsion and electric generating plants. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you like a book that ties together history, ideas and technology then you’d enjoy this. Rosen has done an amazing amount of scholarship, and weaves together that knowledge into... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark J. Bohrer
So here's our author slogging through some pretty dry documents at the UK Patent Office; and it’s hard work. Let’s step outside for a break at the cafe round the corner. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peter Geraghty
This is some excellent history with a personal approach to explaining how the-"Rocket", the first successful RR locomotive came to be, by starting... Read more
The title sounds a little over the top but this is a truly fascinating read. This book offers a detailed account of the development of the steam engine from its first conception... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stephen Smith