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A History of the World

The Birth of Steam

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One South WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Adam Hart-Davis tells the remarkable story of Thomas Newcomen, the Devon man who invented the world's first working steam-powered engine. His engine was first used to pump water out of mines and ultimately powered the industrial revolution. Show less


Adam Hart-Davis
Executive Producer:
Simon Willis
Andrew Brown

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