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The Coal Development Block

Malanima Paolo, Astrid Kander, and Paul Warde

in Power to the People: Energy in Europe over the Last Five Centuries

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691143620
eISBN:
9781400848881
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691143620.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter focuses on coal development blocks. From an energy point of view, the key aspects of the first industrial revolution were coal, steam, and iron. The development block was built around ... More


The Surface: A Celebration of Steam Power

Larry Lankton

in Cradle to Grave: Life, Work, and Death at the Lake Superior Copper Mines

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195083576
eISBN:
9780199854158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083576.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

A massive Corliss steam engine served as the United States centennial celebration's centerpiece. It was an appropriate symbol of a young nation on the move. The young Republic had started the 19th ... More


Fossil Fuels, Primary Electricity, and Renewables

Vaclav Smil

in Energy and Civilization: A History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262035774
eISBN:
9780262338301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035774.003.0005
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter discusses the evolution in uses of fossil fuels, primary electricity, and renewable energy. It first considers the transition from phytomass fuels to fossil fuels and how it resulted in ... More


“The ‘Crinoline’ of Our Steam Engineers”: Reinventing the Marine Compound Engine, 1850–1885

Crosbie Smith (ed.)

in Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226487267
eISBN:
9780226487298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226487298.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines public testing of engine technology and advances in the use of high-pressure steam for power during the period from 1850 to 1885. It provides an account of how steamships and ... More


The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective: Keynes Lecture In Economics

Robert C. Allen

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264775
eISBN:
9780191734984
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264775.003.0007
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter presents the text of a lecture on the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain given at the British Academy's 2009 Keynes Lecture in Economics. This text suggests that the Industrial ... More


The Beginnings of a New Technology: The Constructors of Early Steamboats, 1812-1822

John Armstrong and David M. Williams

in The Impact of Technological Change: The Early Steamship in Britain

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780986497377
eISBN:
9781786944474
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780986497377.003.0015
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This final chapter considers the engineering and building work involved in the construction of early steamships, using a list of steamboats built between 1811 and 1822 that the authors discovered in ... More


Technology and the Imperative of Progreso, 1870–1910

Edward Beatty

in Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520284890
eISBN:
9780520960558
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284890.003.0003
Subject:
History, Latin American History

This chapter surveys Mexico’s history of technology from about 1870 to the onset of revolution in 1910. Economic growth in the North Atlantic (the “second industrial revolution”) generated a dramatic ... More


Machines

Cathy Gutierrez

in Plato's Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195388350
eISBN:
9780199866472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388350.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Spiritualists believed that science would reveal the truths of their metaphysical claims and embraced medical and technological progress on all fronts. Spiritualist ritual was predicated on the ... More


Energy, Economy, and Transport Cost

Alain Bresson

in The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy: Institutions, Markets, and Growth in the City-States

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691183411
eISBN:
9781400852451
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691183411.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines the role of energy in the economic growth of ancient Greece, with particular emphasis on the impact of the cost of transportation. It first considers the different sources of ... More


Technology and the Emergence of Atraso, 1820–70

Edward Beatty

in Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520284890
eISBN:
9780520960558
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284890.003.0002
Subject:
History, Latin American History

This chapter surveys Mexico’s history of technology from independence, in 1820, to about 1870. Independence separated Mexico from its Spanish colonial power but also brought economic depression. This ... More


Energy, the Subtle Concept: The discovery of Feynman's blocks from Leibniz to Einstein

Jennifer Coopersmith

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198716747
eISBN:
9780191800955
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716747.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, History of Physics

Energy is explained through its history. Newton missed ‘energy’, Leibniz defined kinetic energy, and potential energy emerged from ideas about stored ‘live force’, the concept of ‘work’, analyses of ... More


Rise of the steam engine

Robert T. Hanlon

in Block by Block: The Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Thermodynamics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198851547
eISBN:
9780191886133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851547.003.0016
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

The evolution of the steam engine started with the Newcomen engine and ended with Sadi Carnot’s theoretical analysis as captured in his Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire.


Men and Machinery

Elting E. Morison

in Men, Machines, and Modern Times

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262529310
eISBN:
9780262336581
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262529310.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter tells the strange story of what happened in the U.S. Navy when a new steamship, the Wampanoag, was put into service in the 1860s. It first describes the physical characteristics of the ... More


Britain and the steam engine

Robert T. Hanlon

in Block by Block: The Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Thermodynamics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198851547
eISBN:
9780191886133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851547.003.0026
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

The steam engine evolved in Britain as a cost-effective means to pump water out of mine shafts thereby enabling deeper mines and greater coal production.


It started with the piston

Robert T. Hanlon

in Block by Block: The Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Thermodynamics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198851547
eISBN:
9780191886133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851547.003.0025
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

The piston lays at the heart of the heat engine and is the location where heat and work met for the first time. The discovery that we live at the bottom of a sea of air enabled creation of a vacuum ... More


A Sea of Difference: The International Labor Organization and the Search for Common Standards, 1919–1946

Leon Fink

in Sweatshops at Sea: Merchant Seamen in the World's First Globalized Industry, from 1812 to the Present

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807834503
eISBN:
9781469603322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877807_fink.9
Subject:
History, Economic History

This chapter argues that, contrary to the romantic view of seafaring, the realities of the age of steam presented a rather different picture. Though sailing vessels continued to carry a substantial ... More


The Romantic Machine: Utopian Science and Technology after Napoleon

John Tresch

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226812205
eISBN:
9780226812229
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226812229.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In the years immediately following Napoleon's defeat, French thinkers in all fields set their minds to the problem of how to recover from the long upheavals that had been set into motion by the ... More


Trade and Industry

Mushirul Hasan

in Exploring the West: Three Travel Narratives

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780198063117
eISBN:
9780199080199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063117.003.0031
Subject:
History, Indian History

The author presents an account of the science of mechanics in England and its various uses in trade and industry, including mills, foundries, steam engines, water-works, etc. He describes the ... More


Energy

Paul Langford

in Englishness Identified: Manners and Character 1650–1850

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199246403
eISBN:
9780191697586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246403.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Social History

This chapter explains the effects of the Industrial Revolution on the English people. The Industrial Revolution that started in the United Kingdom had tremendous outcomes, including cultural and ... More


The Power of Steam: Breakdown of the Old Economy

Smritikumar Sarkar

in Technology and Rural Change in Eastern India 1830-1980

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780198092308
eISBN:
9780199082810
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198092308.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter is an analysis of the impact of steam engine on the rural economy, discussed with reference to the railways and the rice mill. The railways realigned the pattern of rural settlement. ... More


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