The System of the World Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What political issues are burdening England when Daniel arrives in London?

The major political issues burdening England are Queen Anne's inevitable death, the royal succession, and the influence of the Tories in the House of Lords. Some secondary issues concern the fate of the English currency and the future of mining tin and copper because of flooded mines.

2. Describe how Thomas' invention works and how it would benefit the populace.

Thomas' landmark invention the Engine for Raising Water by Fire (now known as the steam engine) is an ingenious device that removes water by utilizing fire as a means of driving a pump or engine. The invention would help drain the flooded mines of England and restore the future of tin and copper mining.

3. What is the main dispute between Leibniz and Sir Isaac, and what part does Daniel play in all of it?

Sir Isaac Newton and Leibniz have been feuding over the creation of calculus. Daniel is expected to familiarize himself with the feud to mediate a resolution between the parties, and will likely be called before a tribunal to give evidence in the case between Newton and Leibniz.

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