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The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention

8 minutes
Discover the fascinating true story behind one of the most transformative inventions in modern history.

The invention of the steam engine in the 18th century was one of humanity’s most important breakthroughs, changing the course of humankind and ushering in an age of transportation, communication, and mass production. Even centuries later, many modern technologies can still trace their origins to this innovative technology. In this Snapshot, you’ll explore how the steam engine and other inventions from the Industrial Revolution influenced the trajectory of history, philosophy, and science.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Are curious about how the invention of the steam engine led to the Industrial Revolution
  • Want to know more about how the steam engine works
  • Are interested in how the culture of 18th-century Britain generated a community of new inventions
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