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The Resource Progressive enlightenment : the origins of the gaslight industry, 1780-1820, Leslie Tomory

Progressive enlightenment : the origins of the gaslight industry, 1780-1820, Leslie Tomory

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Progressive enlightenment : the origins of the gaslight industry, 1780-1820
Title
Progressive enlightenment
Title remainder
the origins of the gaslight industry, 1780-1820
Statement of responsibility
Leslie Tomory
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
An argument that the gas industry was the first integrated large-scale technological network and that it signaled a new wave of industrial innovation.In Progressive Enlightenment, Leslie Tomory examines the origins of the gaslight industry, from invention to consolidation as a large integrated urban network. Tomory argues that gas was the first integrated large-scale technological network, a designation usually given to the railways. He shows how the first gas network was constructed and stabilized through the introduction of new management structures, the use of technical controls, and the application of means to constrain the behavior of the users of gas lighting.Tomory begins by describing the contributions of pneumatic chemistry and industrial distillation to the development of gas lighting, then explores the bifurcation between the Continental and British traditions in distillation technology. He examines the establishment and consolidation of the new industry by the Birmingham firm Boulton & Watt, and describes the deployment of the network strategy by the entrepreneur Frederick Winsor. Tomory argues that the gas industry represented a new wave of technological innovation in industry because of its dependence on formal scientific research, its need for large amounts of capital, and its reliance on business organization beyond small firms and partnerships--all of which signaled a departure from the artisanal nature and limited deployment of inventions earlier in the Industrial Revolution. Gas lighting was the first important realization of the Enlightenment dream of science in the service of industry
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N$T
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1974-
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Tomory, Leslie
Dewey number
338.4/79621324094109033
Index
index present
LC call number
TP733.G6
LC item number
.T66 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Transformations : studies in the history of science and technology
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  • James Watt and Company (Birmingham, England)
  • Gas-lighting
  • Gas light fixtures industry
  • Distillation
  • Industrial revolution
  • James Watt and Company (Birmingham, England)
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • HISTORY
  • Gas light fixtures industry
  • Gas-lighting
  • Industrial revolution
  • Europe
  • Great Britain
  • Gasbeleuchtung
  • Großbritannien
  • Gasbeleuchtung
  • Gaswirtschaft
  • Großbritannien
  • Industriella revolutionen
  • Gasbelysning
Label
Progressive enlightenment : the origins of the gaslight industry, 1780-1820, Leslie Tomory
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The roots of gas lighting -- Gas lighting and pneumatic chemistry -- Industrial distillation -- A question of scale -- Boulton & Watt -- Building a network -- Frederick Winsor and the national light and heat company -- The gas light and coke company -- Conclusion
Control code
778565980
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 348 pages).
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262301244
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
  • 9786613594440
  • 40020695863
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  • 359444
  • 22573/ctt5mxx0r
  • 8559
  • 9780262301244
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)778565980
Label
Progressive enlightenment : the origins of the gaslight industry, 1780-1820, Leslie Tomory
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The roots of gas lighting -- Gas lighting and pneumatic chemistry -- Industrial distillation -- A question of scale -- Boulton & Watt -- Building a network -- Frederick Winsor and the national light and heat company -- The gas light and coke company -- Conclusion
Control code
778565980
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 348 pages).
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262301244
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
  • 9786613594440
  • 40020695863
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 359444
  • 22573/ctt5mxx0r
  • 8559
  • 9780262301244
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)778565980

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