James Watt was a true man of the 18th Century Enlightenment. He believed that knowledge created the power from which the ideas which would change the world could be formed. His development of an efficient steam engine was just one example of this philosophy.
Watt was much more than just a creative engineer. Professor Peter Jones, Emeritus Professor of French History at the University of Birmingham, UK reveals some of the many faces of the man in James Watt: A Great Enlightenment Man.
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James Watt 2019 Is a new online resource which not only commemorates the man on the impending 200th anniversary of his death but also explores his importance during his life and beyond.