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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
Title remainder
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?
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Winchester, Simon
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Narrated by Simon Winchester
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  • HarperCollins (Firm)
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  • History
  • Audiobooks
  • Engineering
  • Technological innovations
  • Machine design
  • Metrology
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adult
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The perfectionists : how precision engineers created the modern world, Simon Winchester
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Unabridged.
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1 online resource (11 hr., 46 min.)
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online
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9780062848093
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  • (OCoLC)1035214661
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  • System requirements: 200 MB of free disk space, 512 MB of RAM, Windows Installer 3.1, Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (x86 and x64), Windows Media Player 10 QA
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Label
The perfectionists : how precision engineers created the modern world, Simon Winchester
Link
http://digitalmedia.forsythpl.org/ContentDetails.htm?ID=3566144
Publication
Distribution
Copyright
Note
  • Title from title screen
  • Downloadable audio file
Antecedent source
unknown
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
not applicable
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
  • spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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  • not applicable
  • unknown
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource (11 hr., 46 min.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9780062848093
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
not applicable
Kind of material
unknown
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
  • computer
  • audio
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
  • s
Publisher number
Z100129708
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
access
Sound
sound
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Speed
other
System control number
  • (MdPfRBL)rbdZ100129708
  • (OCoLC)1035214661
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • System requirements: 200 MB of free disk space, 512 MB of RAM, Windows Installer 3.1, Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (x86 and x64), Windows Media Player 10 QA
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not applicable
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