Technology on Trial
The Introduction of Steam Power Technology into Sweden, 1715 - 1736

Svante Lindqvist

1984, xviii+102pp, Illus., ISBN 0-88135-195-8 L/C 81-11521, $19.95

Technology on Trial

The steam engine came to Sweden as something of a paradox: both as a solution and at the same time a threat. It promised to meet industry’s need for mechanical energy, but it also threatened the limited resources of thermal energy. Part 1 is a study of this issue in Sweden as a whole during the eighteenth century. Part 2 is a study of how the knowledge of the Newcomer engine was transferred to Sweden. Part 3 is a study of the first attempt to build and operate a Newcomer engine in Sweden: Marten Triewald’s engine at the Dannemora Mines in 1726–1730 and of the lawsuit in which the new technology was brought to trial in 1731 and finally rejected in 1736.