The Most Powerful Idea In The World A Story Of Steam Industry And Invention

Author: William Rosen
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226726347
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Hardly a week passes without some high-profile court case that features intellectual property at its center. But how did the belief that one could own an idea come about? And how did that belief change the way humankind lives and works?

William Rosen, author of Justinian's Flea, seeks to answer these questions and more with The Most Powerful Idea in the World. A lively and passionate study of the engineering and scientific breakthroughs that led to the steam engine, this book argues that the very notion of intellectual property drove not only the invention of the steam engine but also the entire Industrial Revolution: history’s first sustained era of economic improvement. To do so, Rosen conjures up an eccentric cast of characters, including the legal philosophers who enabled most the inventive society in millennia, and the scientists and inventors—Thomas Newcomen, Robert Boyle, and James Watt—who helped to create and perfect the steam engine over the centuries. With wit and wide-ranging curiosity, Rosen explores the power of creativity, capital, and collaboration in the brilliant engineering of the steam engine and how this power source, which fueled factories, ships, and railroads, changed human history.   

Deeply informative and never dull, Rosen's account of one of the most important inventions made by humans is a rollicking ride through history, with careful scholarship and fast-paced prose in equal measure.


The Most Powerful Idea In The World

Author: William Rosen
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226726347
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"The Most Powerful Idea in the World argues that the very notion of intellectual property drove not only the invention of the steam engine but also the entire Industrial Revolution." -- Back cover.

The Most Powerful Idea In The World

Author: William Rosen
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1407090917
Size: 47.13 MB
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'As a piston-driven primer not only to the processes of thought, labour and collaborative generosity of the fathers of steam, this book runs along a new track like - well, like a Rocket' The Times 'Its scope and lively intelligence make it ...

The Most Powerful Idea In The World

Author: William Rosen
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0679603611
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In The Most Powerful Idea in the World, William Rosen tells the story of the men responsible for the Industrial Revolution and the machine that drove it—the steam engine.

Inventology

Author: Pagan Kennedy
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544324013
Size: 61.71 MB
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Inventology uses the stories of inventors and surprising research to reveal the steps that produce innovation.

Power From Steam

Author: Richard L. Hills
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521458344
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This is the first comprehensive history of the steam engine in fifty years.

Street Smart

Author: Samuel I. Schwartz
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1610395654
Size: 58.58 MB
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In Street Smart, Sam Schwartz explains how.

The Industrial Revolution In World History

Author: Peter N Stearns
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0813347300
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By exploring the ways the industrial revolution reshaped world history, this book offers a unique look into the international factors that started the industrial revolution and its global spread and impact.

James Watt

Author: Ben Russell
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780234023
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Over the course of the book, Russell reveals as much about the life of James Watt as he does a history of Britain’s early industrial transformation and the birth of professional engineering.