The Industrial Revolution


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The Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution

Henry Dale and Rodney Dale


The great upsurge of activity known as the Industrial Revolution had many causes. A major one was the discovery of the power of steam and the invention of machines that harnessed that power. Canals and railways were important too; they ensured that raw materials could be moved cheaply into the new factories, and finished goods shipped to the markets.

Behind all this growth and development was the ingenuity of individual people. For whatever reasons - a desire to satisfy their curiosity, to prove how clever they were, to make money - people were stimulated by the industrial climate in the 18th and 19th centuries to invent, to develop, to manufacture and to sell.

This book tells of those developments - of Thomas Savery and Thomas Newcomen, the first to construct steam-powered water pumps; James Watt, inventor of the steam engine; Richard Trevithick and his steam locomotive; Abraham Darby, the iron-smelter; John 'Iron-mad' Wilkinson, builder of the first iron bridge; Richard Arkwright, patentee of a spinning machine; Jethro Tull and his seed drill; Sir Humphry Davy, inventor of the miners' safety lamp; John McAdam, the road builder; James Brindley and Thomas Telford, the canal engineers; Robert Fulton, the steamboat builder: and George Stephenson, 'father of the railways'.

Discoveries and Inventions is a series focussing on areas of everyday life that have been radically changed by technological innovation, drawing on source material from the British Library's wide-ranging collections.

Series editor Rodney Dale has spent a lifetime writing books at all levels on engineering and technology topics.

Henry Dale specialized in aircraft simulator maintenance and computers before turning to writing.