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100 1 Winchester, Simon,|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/
245 14 The perfectionists :|bhow precision engineers created the
modern world /|cSimon Winchester.
250 First edition.
264 1 New York :|bHarper,|c
264 4 |c©2018.
300 xii, 395 pages :|billustrations, portraits ;|c24 cm
336 still image|bsti|2rdacontent
504 Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-374) and
505 0 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.
520 "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?"--Jacket.
650 0 Engineering|xHistory.|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/
650 0 Technological innovations|xHistory.|0http://id.loc.gov/
650 0 Machine design|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/
650 0 Metrology|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/
650 4 Technological Innovations|xHistory.
650 4 Engineering|xHistory.
655 7 History.|2fast|0http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1411628