Episode 10

James Watt w. David Miller of UNSW Australia

Published on: 30th May, 2023

Imagine a world in which there are no machines. If you need to move something heavy, get from place to place, or pump water, you have limited options including: human power, animal power, and (if you are close to a suitable river) river power. Thanks in large part to Scottish inventor James Watt, the Industrial Revolution was a time of unprecedented technological change in which his Watt steam engine contributed to a blossoming of machine-produced power unlike anything the world had ever seen. Join us as we explore this fascinating man and his life.

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Riches and Power
The history of the things that shaped our world.
Listen in on interviews with world-renowned experts exploring the forces in history that shaped the world both then, and now. The topics we explore vary from whaling, to the Roman games, but they always touch on the intersection between riches and power, particularly in business and economic history.

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Alex Doubet

While Alex is an entrepreneur, his first love was history (AB in History, Harvard, 2010). His studies in history primarily focused on business history, particularly the Industrial Revolution. When not podcasting, Alex is the Managing Partner of a real estate investing fund.