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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

Label
The perfectionists : how precision engineers created the modern world
Title
The perfectionists
Title remainder
how precision engineers created the modern world
Statement of responsibility
Simon Winchester
Title variation
How precision engineers created the modern world
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Precision is so essential a component of modern human life and existence that we seldom stop to think about it. [This book] examines the relatively recent development of the notion of precision--the people who developed it and the ways in which it has shaped the modern world--and the challenges posed and losses risked by our veneration and pursuit of increasingly precise tools and methods. The history of precision as a concept and in practice begins in England with its originators: John Wilkinson, Henry Maudslay, Joseph Bramah, Jesse Ramsden, and Joseph Whitworth. It was Thomas Jefferson who first exported their discoveries to the fledgling United States, setting the nation on its course to become a manufacturing titan. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, 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 in the development of guns, glass, mirrors, lenses, and cameras gave way to further advancements, including gene splicing, microchips, and the Hadron Collider. The fundamental questions at the heart of The Perfectionists are these: 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 ultraprecise 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 coexist in society?"--Dust jacket
Cataloging source
ETC
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Winchester, Simon
Dewey number
620/.009
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
TA19
LC item number
.W56 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Engineering
  • Technological innovations
  • Machine design
  • Metrology
  • Engineering
  • Machine design
  • Metrology
  • HISTORY / Civilization
  • HISTORY / Modern
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / History
Label
The perfectionists : how precision engineers created the modern world, Simon Winchester
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-374) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Stars, seconds, cylinders, and steam -- Extremely flat and incredibly close -- A gun in every home, a clock in every cabin -- On the verge of a more perfect world -- The irresistible lure of the highway -- Precision and peril, six miles high -- Through a looking glass, distinctly -- Where am I, and what is the time? -- Squeezing beyond boundaries -- On the necessity for equipoise -- The measure of all things
Control code
on1026246387
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 395 pages
Isbn
9780062652553
Lccn
bl2018052538
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1026246387
Label
The perfectionists : how precision engineers created the modern world, Simon Winchester
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-374) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Stars, seconds, cylinders, and steam -- Extremely flat and incredibly close -- A gun in every home, a clock in every cabin -- On the verge of a more perfect world -- The irresistible lure of the highway -- Precision and peril, six miles high -- Through a looking glass, distinctly -- Where am I, and what is the time? -- Squeezing beyond boundaries -- On the necessity for equipoise -- The measure of all things
Control code
on1026246387
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 395 pages
Isbn
9780062652553
Lccn
bl2018052538
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1026246387

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