2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating and entertaining read,
This review is from: [The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry and Invention] [by: William Rosen] (Hardcover)
This is not a dry historical read about a central premise of the Industrial Revolution. Instead its an engaging account of why (in the authors opinion) it could only have happened when it did, and where it did (in Great Britain). Its a story of how a handful of pivotal events helped weave together a lot of small inventions and scientific breakthroughs that had been centuries if not thousands of years in the making.
The reason I am giving it four rather than five stars is the book would benefit from diagrams clearly explaining some of the inventions. Small reproductions of old plates here and there doesn't cut it and I found myself constantly searching the internet for diagrams so that I could better understand the descriptions.
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