"A tremendous piece of scholarship . . . should be read not just by students of Watt but also by scholars concerned with chemistry, engineering, commemoration, and reputation building from the mid-eighteenth century."
—British Journal for the History of Science
"Will be especially valuable to readers interested in the science of the period. Highly recommended."
"Miller has an enjoyable writing style. . . . The balance of the book is good and the 16-page bibliography is very wide ranging."
—Notes & Records of the Royal Society
"Miller concludes his fascinating study of reputation with an analysis of Watt's indicator in its late-eighteenth-century and ninteenth-century manifestations."
"Miller adds significantly to our understanding of phlogistic chemistry in late eighteenth-century Britain and, via his account of Watt's role in the 'water controversy,' the Chemical Revolution itself. . . . It is a measure of his considerable acumen and talents as a historian that he achieves his novel and illuminating insights through a carefully crafted, exhaustively documented and tightly argued analysis of a period in the history of science which, though still poorly understood, transformed our comprehension and utilization of that most ubiquitous and precious substance, water."
—Annals of Science
"The analysis is consistently convincing, the range of sources consulted is impressive, and the prose is direct and simple—yet always interesting."