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Genius, Richard Trevithick’s Steam Engines

Genius’ is an over-used, but rarely-accurate, description applied to remarkable figures. In the case of Richard Trevithick, however, its use is not only apt, but could even be regarded as something of an understatement. Philip Hosken’s ‘Genius’ offers a perfect introduction to the great engineer. Combining detailed and original research, the result is a clearly stated, unbiased and readable account of his life and achievements. From childhood and early motivation, through feverish experimentation and frustration, to the eventual triumph of his revolutionary high pressure cylindrical boiler, 1801 road engine and the world’s first railway locomotive, the author explains how and why Trevithick became a giant of invention and innovation. Laying to rest myths regurgitated by less-diligent writers, while not neglecting the major contributions to the story of Papin, Newcomen, Savery and others, Hosken employs the kind of scientific rigour which the protagonist of his book might recognise and approve. If you only read one book about Richard Trevithick, make sure it’s this one.

      • Publisher : Footsteps Press (2 April 2013)
      • Language : English
      • Paperback : 92 pages
      • ISBN-13 : 978-1908867056
      • Dimensions : 14 x 0.48 x 21.6 cms
      • Best Sellers Rank:
      • 32 in Engines & Power Transmission
      • 94 in Mechanical Engineering (Books)
      • 239 in Mechanical & Material Engineering

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A forgotten genius
Trevithick has been a long time hero and this book gives fresh information on this giant of a man, physically and intellectually. A visionary engineer pioneering high pressure engines in the face of bitter criticism from his rivals. Sadly his genius did not meet with the personal and financial success it deserved and he died at a relatively early age in Dartford, far from his Cornish homeland. l raise my hat to him every time l pass his statue in Camborne.