For the historian of thermodynamics, the outstanding events of the eighteenth century were the invention of the Newcomen atmospheric steam engine , the patent of James Watt for a condenser separate from the engine's cylinder , and Watt's further patent for the expansive use of steam . These inventions, along with others concerned with hydraulic machinery, provided Sadi Carnot with the foundation on which he built, in 1824, the first fully general concept of a heat engine
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