Introduction: James Watt’s Social Network

  • Francis Moon
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 22)


We introduce ideas from network and graph theory and apply them to the evolution and network of contributions of the steam engine. Also discussed are models of growth of social networks, exponential growth and the ’S’ curve. This chapter also reviews earlier work on evolution, diffusion and networks of innovation.


Social Network Internal Combustion Engine Innovation Network Steam Engine Steam Power 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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