Tonight's TV Choice: The Genius of InventionBy Hugh Fort
January 24, 2013
The GEnius of Invention
I like programmes about inventors.
I admire people who are clever enough to create things that don't already exist, either now or in the past.
In this, the presenters look back on the invention of the first steam engine.
The little-known Devon ironmonger Thomas Newcomen came up with the idea in the early 18th century.
However, the idea was taken and made much better by James Watt 50 years later.
Lo and behold, because Mr Watt did it better, his is the name people refer to as the inventor.
So there's a lesson for all you wannabe inventors out there, see someone else's idea, work out how to make it better, wait, and then become famous.
Presenter Micheal Mosley is joined by science types Cassie Newland to examine just how people come up with the gizmos which make our lives easier, focussing on good old British inventors.
They discuss the story of steam engines, turbines and electricity abd do some cool experiments to show their findings off.