The Most Powerful Idea in the World

The Most Powerful Idea in the World A Story of Steam, Industry and Invention - Pimlico

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Synopsis

'The most important invention in the whole of the Industrial Revolution was invention itself.'

Those words are at the heart of this remarkable book - a history of the Industrial Revolution and the steam engine, as well as an account of how inventors first came to own and profit from their ideas and how invention itself springs forth from logic and imagination.

Rocket. It was the fortuitously named train that inaugurated steam locomotion in 1829, jump-starting two centuries of mass transportation. As William Rosen reveals, it was the product of centuries of scientific and industrial discovery. From inventor Heron of Alexandria in AD 60 to James Watt, the physicist whose 'separate condenser' was central to the development of steam power - all those who made possible the long ride towards the Industrial Revolution are brought to life.

But crucial to their contributions are other characters whose concepts allowed their invention to flourish - John Locke and intellectual property; Edward Coke and patents. Along the way, Rosen takes us deep into the human mind, explaining how 'eureka' moments occur - when the brain is most relaxed.

About the Publisher

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Pimlico

Established in 1991 Pimlico has become leading paperback publisher of specialised, award-winning, high-end non-fiction. Areas of interest cover Politics, for example Bernard Donohue?s Downing Street Diaries Art, such as John Richardson?s prize-winning biography of Picasso Biography, for example Norman Sherry?s 3-part acclaimed biography of Graham Greene, and History, with authors such as Gillian Tindall, Charles Freeman and Anthony Read. Readable, informative, entertaining and important, Pimlico ? with its easily recognizable spines and innovative design ? publishes books that matter.

Book information

ISBN: 9781845951351
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Pimlico
Pub date:
DEWEY: 909.81
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 370
Weight: 490g
Height: 155mm
Width: 234mm
Spine width: 33mm