This is a terrific read which tells of the the effective invention of a perpetual motion machine - the inventive modern industrial economy - and the cycle of continuous innovation which commenced in the mid 18th century and has carried on to the present day. Read this book and you really will appreciate how the Newcomen Engine has led to the iPhone.
The book explains how key technological breakthroughs such as Abraham Darby's coke fuelled Blast Furnace led to increased demand for coal, which led to deeper mines, which led to a need for pumping equipment, which led to the Newcomen Engine, which led to the genius of James Watt, which led to a need for rotary power which led to factories being liberated from water supplies, and so on and so forth.
Combine this with the shift from a wool economy to a cotton economy - made entirely possible by the Flying Shuttle, the Spinning Jenny, the Mule and you can see how the world changed.
I couldnt put this book down!