The case of engineer Watt or how much does knowledge cost

This story does not claim to be authentic, but it could well have taken place just a couple of centuries ago. The second half of the 18th century was marked by the widespread introduction of the steam engine into industry. Although the principle of operation itself was developed much earlier, the unit was improved only in the 1760s by the Scottish engineer-inventor James Watt. And this story is just about him, and about what the consumer pays money for!

One day, Watt was invited to troubleshoot a large steam engine. Since the owners suffered heavy losses due to downtime, and other engineers could not do anything, they invited Watt himself. Since for the implemented improvements he could be called the second inventor of the steam engine, none of his contemporaries knew better than this person the device and weaknesses of this mechanism. The engineer was promised to pay 1, 000 dollars, a huge amount at that time.

Watt walked around the car three times, then asked for a large sledgehammer. They brought him a sledgehammer, he carefully measured it and hit the casing of the car. "Now start up, " he said. The car started working.

After that, the fun begins. The owners felt sorry for paying $ 1, 000 for one blow with a sledgehammer, they felt fooled. Then they decided to cheat and asked Watt to write a bill, so that they could then try to challenge it. Watt took a piece of paper and wrote the following. For hitting with a sledgehammer - $ 1, for knowing where to hit - $ 999. The owners were forced to pay the entire fee.