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A Manual of the Steam Engine

Excerpt from A Manual of the Steam Engine It can hardly be imagined that any one in the present day can be indifferent to the subject of Steam Power, especially in its application to locomotion. A difficulty, however, occurs to many persons desirous of becoming acquainted with the principles of this discovery, from the intricate calculations, frequently of a mathematical and algebraical character, which are found in the more comprehensive treatises on the Steam Engine, It occurred to the author of the present work that, without entering into the details of abstract research, the general application of chemical and mechanical science to the operations of steam power, might be explained in a manner sufficiently popular to give the reader an immediate interest in the subject, and to stimulate him to pursue the inquiry by the perusal of more elaborate and systematic works. How far he has succeeded in his object must be left to the reader to determine. In following out the plan, above indicated, it appeared desirable to proceed at once in medias res, and to illustrate each principle of science by direct reference to its bearing upon the machinery and operation of the steam engine. A short preliminart chapter is given, explanatory of some of the immutable properties and laws to which matter is subjected. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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