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.
Technology on Trial: The Introduction of Steam Power Technology into Sweden, 1715–1736
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Lindqvist, Svante, 1984, xviii + 102pp., illus.