Power from Steam: A History of the Stationary Steam Engine

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 19, 1993 - Science - 356 pages
This is the first comprehensive history of the steam engine in fifty years. It follows the development of reciprocating steam engines, from their earliest forms to the beginning of the twentieth century when they were replaced by steam turbines.
 

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Contents

The impellent force of fire
13
Common old smoaking engines
31
The economy of power
51
The devil of rotations
70
Such unbounded power
95
Good servants but bad masters
120
An uncultivated field
141
The new theory of heat
162
The internal operation of the machine
173
Twinkle twinkle little arc
213
An economical source of motive power
258
The most economical mode of obtaining power
281
Notes
293
Bibliography
318
Index
327
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