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The Resource James Watt : making the world anew, Ben Russell

James Watt : making the world anew, Ben Russell

Label
James Watt : making the world anew
Title
James Watt
Title remainder
making the world anew
Statement of responsibility
Ben Russell
Title variation
Making the world anew
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Among the many treasures in the collections of the Science Museum in London is the complete workshop of the Scottish engineer James Watt (1736-1819), acquired in its entirety from the attic of Watt's Birmingham home in 1924, where it had been left as an industrial shrine since his death in 1819. Though Watt is best known for his pioneering work on the steam engine, the workshop contains very few engine-related items. Instead, it is filled with jars of chemicals, sculpture-copying machines and materials, a profusion of pieces of scientific and even musical instruments, and objects and evidence from Watt's many diverse projects. This book explores Watt's early years and interests as well as his highly successful 25-year partnership with the industrialist Matthew Boulton. But while traditional biographies of Watt concentrate on the steam engine, James Watt: Making the World Anew tells a richer story: it explores the processes by which ephemeral ideas were transformed into tangible artefacts, and places Watt within the context of Britain's early industrial transformation. Watt's work is emblematic of a wider culture of multi-faceted artisanship, and this book probes the motivation for making things, looking not only at what was produced but also why. It draws on a rich range of resources--from archival material and biographies on Watt to objects themselves, and sources from fields as diverse as ceramics, antique systems of proportion, sculpture and machine making. This book uses Watt's life as a lens through which the broader practices of manufacturing in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries are explored. Generously illustrated, James Watt is a unique, expansive exploration of the engineer's career."--Jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Russell, Ben
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Watt, James
  • Watt, James
  • Watt, James
  • Watt, James
  • Watt, James
  • Watt, James
  • Steam engineers
  • Mécaniciens de machines fixes
  • 50.11 history of technology
  • Steam engineers
  • Scotland
  • Dampfmaschine
  • Thermodynamik
  • Stoomgeneratoren
  • Steam engineers
  • Engineers
Label
James Watt : making the world anew, Ben Russell
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Published in association with the Science Museum, London
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-273) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Do we want the dust? -- Sensible, ingenious and enterprising men, 1736-56 -- Artists of high reputation, 1757-64 -- Looking for a living, 1764-74 -- Gentlemen of merit and ingenuity, 1765-81 -- Steam mill mad? 1781-95 --Inventive, creative genius, 1795-1819 -- Life after death, 1800-1924 -- James Watt: A chronology
Control code
883514953
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
280 pages
Isbn
9781780233758
Lccn
2015375141
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
WorldCat record variable field(s) change: 650, 655
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)883514953
Label
James Watt : making the world anew, Ben Russell
Publication
Note
Published in association with the Science Museum, London
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-273) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Do we want the dust? -- Sensible, ingenious and enterprising men, 1736-56 -- Artists of high reputation, 1757-64 -- Looking for a living, 1764-74 -- Gentlemen of merit and ingenuity, 1765-81 -- Steam mill mad? 1781-95 --Inventive, creative genius, 1795-1819 -- Life after death, 1800-1924 -- James Watt: A chronology
Control code
883514953
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
280 pages
Isbn
9781780233758
Lccn
2015375141
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
WorldCat record variable field(s) change: 650, 655
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)883514953

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