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

William Rosen

If all measures of human advancement in the last hundred centuries were plotted on a graph, they would show an almost perfectly flat line–until the eighteenth century, when the Industrial Revolution would cause the line to shoot straight up, beginning an almost uninterrupted march of progress. …

Published date: January 30, 2010
Type: Books
Genre: History, Nonfiction

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"An entertaining narrative weaving together the clever characters, incremental innovations and historical context behind the steam engines that gave birth to our modern world." - Bill Gates (Source)