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The Resource The perfectionists : how precision engineers created the modern world, Simon Winchester

The perfectionists : how precision engineers created the modern world, Simon Winchester

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The perfectionists : how precision engineers created the modern world
Title
The perfectionists
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how precision engineers created the modern world
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Simon Winchester
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eng
Summary
"The revered New York Times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement--precision--in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future. The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools--machines that make machines. Eventually, the application of precision tools and methods resulted in the creation and mass production of items from guns and glass to mirrors, lenses, and cameras--and eventually gave way to further breakthroughs, including gene splicing, microchips, and the Hadron Collider. Simon Winchester takes us back to origins of the Industrial Age, to England where he introduces the scientific minds that helped usher in modern production: John Wilkinson, Henry Maudslay, Joseph Bramah, Jesse Ramsden, and Joseph Whitworth. It was Thomas Jefferson who later exported their discoveries to the fledgling United States, setting the nation on its course to become a manufacturing titan. Winchester moves forward through time, to today's cutting-edge developments occurring around the world, from America to Western Europe to Asia. As he introduces the minds and methods that have changed the modern world, Winchester explores fundamental questions. Why is precision important? What are the different tools we use to measure it? Who has invented and perfected it? Has the pursuit of the ultra-precise in so many facets of human life blinded us to other things of equal value, such as an appreciation for the age-old traditions of craftsmanship, art, and high culture? Are we missing something that reflects the world as it is, rather than the world as we think we would wish it to be? And can the precise and the natural co-exist in society?" --
Summary
The best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the crucial role of precision in advancement, in a chronicle that stands as both an homage and cautionary assessment for the future
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Booklist Editors' Choice, 2018.
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10658063
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Winchester, Simon
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620.009 W
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illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Engineering
  • Machine design
  • Metrology
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adult
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how precision engineers created the modern world
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The perfectionists : how precision engineers created the modern world, Simon Winchester
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-374) and index
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volume
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text
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  • txt
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on1026246387
Dimensions
24 cm
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xii, 385 pages
Isbn
9780062652553
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)1026246387
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The perfectionists : how precision engineers created the modern world, Simon Winchester
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-374) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1026246387
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 385 pages
Isbn
9780062652553
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1026246387

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