Vortex Watt : tools & tool makers
navigation, contact, access: click ►▼, link & ••• — February 5, 2017
explorersfoundation.org/watt.html — a vortex is a region of Explorers Foundation research and investment.
V James Watt — biographies by Samuel Smiles, and Andrew Carnegie
* Lives of Boulton and Watt, by Samuel Smiles (1812-1904). Principally from the original Soho mss. Comprising also a history of the invention and introduction of the steam engine •••
V James Watt, by Andrew Carnegie ••• — tells us as much about the character of Andrew Carnegie as about James Watt.
* Thanks to the University of Rochester for their Steam Engine Library ••• (the books seem to have moved to a site maintained by himedo, and can no longer be found at their original location at U. Rochester)
* Carnegie’s bio of Watt is also available in many ebook forms from Project Gutenberg •••
* The Wild Wheel •••, by Garet Garrett •••, perhaps the most interesting biography of Henry Ford.
* Henry Petroski — great books about engineers and engineering
* Masters of Mass Production, by Christie Borth, 1945: How war goods for WWII were produced. -Mike Lotus
V Development of the steam engine — The Hopkins Thomas Project ••• (brief description)
V The Hopkins Thomas Project, written and compiled by J.B. McVey •••
* Table of Contents ••• for the Hopkins Thomas Project
* “The Hopkin Thomas Project has been on-going since 1995. It is a historical research project concerning the activities of a Welsh engineer who emigrated to America in 1834 bringing with him technical knowledge which was instrumental in the development of anthracite-fueled steam locomotives used by the Beaver Meadow and other railroads in the eastern Pennsylvania coal fields. He witnessed the utilization of his expertise related to the iron and coal industries at the Crane Iron Co., Catasauqua, Pa. in the 1850-1870 time period; he trained a cadre of followers who went on to succeed as leaders in the iron and steel industries in the late nineteenth century. He is the patriarch of seven generations of engineers and industrialists who can trace their roots to the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.”
* Among other achievements, Hopkins Thomas solved the problem of using anthracite to fuel steam engines.
* The Development of the Steam Engine ••
* Sir Henry Bessemer (1813-1898) - inventor of the pneumatic process for the manufacture of steel •••
* Dirk J. Struik (1894 - 2000) - author of Yankee Science in the Making — glyph •••
> Maker Spaces : TinkerMill, Longmont, Colorado. -Steve Elliott, Scott Converse
* A Dynamic Map of World Trade and Shipping •••, showing movement of every commercial cargo ship for a year. Like the first photo of the earth from space this is consciousness altering.
> "A Strategist’s Guide to Digital Fabrication" ••• — "Rapid advances in manufacturing technology point the way toward a decentralized, more customer-centric “maker” culture. Here are the changes to consider before this innovation takes hold." Published by Strategy+Business ••• in 2011, but still a good overview.
* Books
* Hoover's World ••• — Gary Hoover has created and makes use of a personal library of 50,000 volumes. His website reflects his interest in adventurers, entrepreneurs, and stories of imaginative and great enterprises.
V Glyphs
* 510 Sir Henry Bessemer (1813-1898) - inventor of the pneumatic process for the manufacture of steel
* 509 Steam Power — Destroyer of Jobs - effect of introduction of steam powered steel nail making machines
* 125 Dirk J. Struik (1894 - 2000) - author of Yankee Science in the Making
* 508 Makers — The Next Generation - a cartoon Ayn Rand would like
* 472 Learning with Fingers & Eyes - Walter P. Chrysler — for some, learning is not best done by reading
* 023 James Watt, by Andrew Carnegie — published 1905
* 470 Hoover's World, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship — a resource for explorers
* 464 Henry Ford & Thomas Edison: Differences of Mind — observed by Garet Garrett •••