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My Steam Engine is Broken by Dr. Mark Powell, Jonathan Gifford

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Chapter 6

A waste of Space

Making the workspace work

We used to work wherever the raw materials that enabled our work happened to be. If you raised crops or tended animals, you lived on the land. If you made furniture, you worked near the woods that supplied the timber that made the chairs, tables, and cupboards. If you caught fish for a living, you lived near the water. If you owned a mill, you built your mill wherever there was water or wind to give you a source of power. If you traded in goods that came from other parts of the world, you lived and worked on a trade route.

The first Industrial Revolution, in 18th-century England, changed all of that. The new source of power – steam produced from the heat generated by coal – enabled production ...

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