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Author Miller, David Philip.
Title James Watt, chemist : understanding the origins of the steam age / by David Philip Miller.
Imprint London : Pickering & Chatto, c2009.
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 Main Collection  TJ140.W38 M55 2009    AVAILABLE


Call # TJ140.W38 M55 2009
Phys. Description viii, 241 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series Science and culture in the nineteenth century ; no. 8
Science and culture in the nineteenth century ; no. 8.
Bibliog. Includes bibliography (p. 217-233) and index.
Contents I: Representations -- Of statues, kettles and indicators - The 'mechanical Watt' -- The demise of the 'chemical Watt' in the nineteenth century -- The 'mechanical Watt': the making of a 'philosophical engineer' -- II: Realities -- Watt's chemistry of heat -- The steam engine as chemistry -- The indicator understood, or why Watt was not a proto-thermodynamicist -- Conclusions.
Summary This text examines James 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.
Subject Watt, James, 1736-1819 -- Knowledge -- Chemical warfare.
Steam engineering -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
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