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Published: 31 January 2020

256 Pages

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781789620825

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James Watt (1736-1819)

Culture, Innovation and Enlightenment

Edited by Caroline Archer-Parré and Malcolm Dick

Liverpool University Press

  • Re-evaluates James Watt, his influence and on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his death in 2019
  • Provides a series of essays by established and new scholars - both men and women - in Britain and overseas who are working at the forefront of Watt studies in the UK, North America, England and Scotland
  • The authors use the widely underused archival material in the James Watt Papers in the Library of Birmingham as well as primary material in London's Science Museum and Glasgow University
  • Gives particular attention to previously neglected themes, such as Watt's religious background, the participation of his family in the slave trade, the influence of his wives on his work and well-being and the nature of his political ideas
  • Provides a base upon which future scholarship can be built to explore the process of technological innovation, the connections between science and its social and intellectual context and how reputations are made and cemented