James Watt - A great Enlightenment Man

James Watt was a true man of the 18th Century Industrial Enlightenment.

He believed in the power of knowledge to create ideas and that these ideas created immediate change. As a result he was a key figure in the development of the technologies, particularly the efficient steam engine, which would revolutionise industry and society forever.

Professor Peter Jones, Emeritus Professor of French History at the University of Birmingham, UK, discuses a great man of the Enlightenment.

KEYWORDS: James Watt, Steam Engine, Steam, Enlightenment, Lunar Society, Industry, Soho, Engineering, Matthew Boulton, Boulton and Watt

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James Watt

Ben Russell

Among the many treasures in the collections of the Science Museum in London is the complete workshop of the Scottish engineer James Watt (1736-1819), acquired in its entirety from the attic of Watt's Birmingham home in 1924, where it had been left as an industrial shrine since his death in...



Professor Peter Jones

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Science and Society, Mary Evans Picture Library