Invention of the Steam Engine Essay

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Mankind’s interrelation with manufacturing systems has a long history. Nowadays we see manufacturing systems and their applications as systems in which goods are produced and delivered to the suitable places where we can obtain them. We are conscious of the fact that everything we consume or obtain is produced at some facilities. We are also aware of the fact that many components involve at these processes such as laborers, capital, and machines. Nevertheless, majority of people might not realize how these processes have developed all along this time and changed our daily lives surprisingly. Manufacturing, as a crucial part of the industry, has always had overwhelming impacts on our life habits, societal
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Although Watt did not initially invent the steam engine, he was given a lot of credit for it at this point. Watt's addition ended up being the single greatest improvement ever made to the engine. A New England writer was quoted in an article as stating, " Minerva sprang, mature in mind, in full stature of body and completely armed, from the head of Jupiter, so the steam engine came forth, perfect at its birth, from the brain of James Watt"(Thurston, 3). It is statements like these that take the credit away from the people that deserve it and give it to the one person who just happened to be in the right place at the right time: James Watt. His addition to the steam engine most likely would have been overlooked had it been added years before. He just lucked out and happened to make the addition when the people were ready to accept it. As Thurston says, "Inventions only become successful when they are not only needed, but when mankind is so far advanced in intelligence as to appreciate and to express the necessity for them, and to at once make use of them"(Thurston, 3). Watt ended up with the majority of the credit for the steam engine because all of the men before them were basically ahead of their time. The people were not technologically advanced enough or mentally ready to accept and appreciate their work. The steam engine became the most important aspect of the industrial revolution at that time.

Later on, from 1799 the Cornish engineer, Richard