Making the World Anew
Distributed for Reaktion Books
To record this fascinating narrative, Russell draws on a wide range of resources—from archival material to three-dimensional objects to scholarship in a diversity of fields from ceramics to antique machine-making. He explores Watt’s early years and interest in chemistry and examines Watt’s partnership with Matthew Boulton, with whom he would become a successful and wealthy man. In addition to discussing Watt’s work and incredible contributions that changed societies around the world, Russell looks at Britain’s early industrial transformation. Published in association with the Science Museum London, and with seventy illustrations, James Watt is not only an intriguing exploration of the engineer’s life, but also an illuminating journey into the broader practices of invention in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Introduction: Do We Want the Dust?
1. Sensible, Ingenious and Enterprising Men, 1736-56
2. Artists of High Reputation, 1757-64
3. Looking for a Living, 1764-74
4. Gentlemen of Merit and Ingenuity, 1765-81
5. Steam Mill Mad? 1781-95
6. Inventive, Creative Genius, 1795-1819
7. Life After Death, 1800-1924
James Watt: A Chronology