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Several things needed to be accomplished before the humanity could enter a new era of development. First of those was the introduction of a new engine that would allow machines to work harder, faster and on bigger scales than ever before. The steam engine was just that, it allowed us to produce much faster and travel quicker than before, with using what we already have. But other things like raw materials were also necessary in order to make more and advance faster. Still a way to do all these needed to be invented and steam was just the right one to fill that role.
Armstrong may be the one who made the first step on the moon, but Newcomen was the one who took the first step into the industrial revolution. His invention of the steam machine in 1712 changed a lot and brought a way for others to further develop and use it in a huge variety of fields. James Watt was the first one to do so. Together with Matthew Boulton he formed the company Boulton & Watt which became the leading technical centre during the Industrial revolution in Europe. During the 19th century it was only normal to expect an explosion of production and demand in almost any industry.
Some other inventors and engineers found a way to make the steam engine smaller and therefore usable even in growing companies. That way everyone could improve their business and not only the big and powerful ones. The Corliss Engine was finally the real thing, it could get as big as anyone wanted it to be, but still small enough to fit. Take into consideration that Newcomen's engine had only one horsepower, when realizing that the Corliss one could work with more than 1500 horsepower. The only question that is left is what can we expect in the future and which revolution is coming next.
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