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The Mechanical Universe by Tom M. Apostol, Richard P. Olenick, Steven C. Frautschi

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CHAPTER 20THE ENGINE OF NATURE

    Everybody knows that heat can cause movement, that it possesses great motive power; steam engines so common today are a vivid and familiar proof of It. … The study of these engines is of the greatest interest, their importance is enormous, and their use increases every day. They seem destined to produce a great revolution In the civilized world. …

    Despite studies of all kinds devoted to steam engines, and In spite of the satisfactory state they have reached today, the theory of them has advanced very little and the attempts to improve them are still directed almost by chance.

    Sadi Carnot, “The Motive Power of Heat” (1824)

20.1 THE AGE OF STEAM

The age of steam is past. The steam engine is a curiosity, ...

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