James Watt and the Application of Science to the Mechanical Arts: An Inaugural Address Delivered in the University of Glasgow, November 11th, 1889

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J. Maclehose & sons, 1889 - 27 Seiten
 

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Seite 21 - ... the art of directing the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man, as the means of production and of traffic in states.
Seite 27 - TO HONOUR THOSE WHO BEST DESERVE THEIR GRATITUDE, THE KING HIS MINISTERS, AND MANY OF THE NOBLES AND COMMONERS OF THE REALM RAISED THIS MONUMENT TO JAMES WATT, WHO DIRECTING THE FORCE OF AN ORIGINAL GENIUS, EARLY EXERCISED IN PHILOSOPHIC RESEARCH TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE...
Seite 17 - Colonel Sibthorpe openly declared his hatred of the " infernal railroads," and said that he " would rather meet a highwayman, or see a burglar -on his premises, than an engineer !
Seite 11 - He at that time threw out an idea of applying the power of the steam-engine to the moving of wheelcarriages, and to other purposes, but the scheme was not matured, and was soon abandoned on his going abroad.
Seite 22 - ... introduction of new Inventions seemeth to be the very chief of all human Actions. The Benefits of new Inventions may extend to all Mankind universally ; but the Good of political Achievements can respect but some particular Cantons of Men ; these latter do not endure above a few Ages, the former forever. Inventions make all Men happy, without either Injury or Damage to any one single Person. Furthermore, new Inventions are, as it were, new Erections and Imitations of God's own Works.
Seite 9 - ... well skilled in what relates to the cleaning and preserving of them, being accidentally in town, Mr Moor and Mr Dick are appointed to desire him to stay some time in town to clean them, and put them in the best order for preserving them from being spoiled/' A record of a few weeks later tells us that "a precept was signed to pay James Watt five pounds sterling for cleaning and refitting the instruments lately come from Jamaica.
Seite 20 - Entertaining a due sense of the many favours conferred upon me by the University of Glasgow, I wish to leave them some memorial of my gratitude, and, at the same time, to excite a spirit of inquiry and exertion among the students of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry attending the College, which appears to me the more useful, as the very existence of Britain, as a nation, seems to me in great measure to depend upon her exertions in science and in the arts...
Seite 8 - But this superiority was concealed under the most amiable candour, and liberal allowance of merit to every man. Mr. Watt was the first to ascribe to the ingenuity of a friend things which were very often nothing but his own surmises followed out, and embodied by another.
Seite 16 - Watt therefore came to the conclusion, that to make a perfect steamengine, it was necessary that the cylinder should be always as hot as the steam that entered it ; but it was equally necessary that the steam should be condensed when the piston...
Seite 7 - Mayor first, and unless one be either a 'prentice or a creditable tradesman, there is scarce any getting off again. And if I was carried before my Lord Mayor, I durst not avow that I wrought in the city, it being against their laws for any unfreeman to work, even as a journeyman, within the Liberties.

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