The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention

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Product Details

Price
$17.00  $15.64
Publisher
University of Chicago Press
Publish Date
Pages
370
Dimensions
6.0 X 1.0 X 8.9 inches | 1.15 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780226726342
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About the Author

William Rosen spent nearly twenty-five years as editor or publisher at Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and the Free Press before beginning to research and write his own books.

Reviews

"This book has a crackling energy to it, often as riveting as it is educational."

--Los Angeles Times

"The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention is a sneaky history--ostensibly about the origins of the steam engine, though actually about much more. . . . Rosen is a natural and playful storyteller, and his digressions both inform the narrative and lend it an eccentric and engaging rhythm."

--New York Times

"A fascinating, wide-ranging narrative. . . . A staggering work of epistemological research."

--Kirkus
"Rosen has a facility for the telling anecdote and the quirky aside. Open nearly any page of the book and you'll learn tidbits like that Abraham Lincoln had a love of things mechanical and is the only American president to be awarded a patent (for air chambers that add buoyancy to steam ships and other boats). . . . The Most Powerful Idea in the World is enjoyable reading, although it does go into a lot of detail about steam engines, and you will learn more about how they work than you might expect."--Bill Gates, Best Books of 2013