posted on Jun, 13 2012 @ 03:52 AM
It's a matter of energy, in my opinion. Not some of the more transcendental way, but physical: James Watts developed the steam engine for all-purpose
use - something which gave humans superhuman strength so they could accomplish things possible prior only thanks to horses or bullocks.
Machines with near-independent power, compared to livestock you had to feed, breed and care for on a daily basis.
It went even more rapid with the introduction of petroleum as a new energy source.
There is nothing miraculous in this matter, only hard work, ingenious thinking and lots of steel and energy sources.
Sorry, I am an engineer, I don't see "outsider" help in these things. They were simply "on the brink", several engineers around the world were
developing steam engines, Watt was just a little faster and better connected to rich people funding his innovation.