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001    1026246387 
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008    180118s2018    nyuac    b    001 0 eng d 
019    990029799|a1030983945|a1033680022 
020    9780062652553 (hardcover) 
020    0062652559 (hardcover) 
035    (OCoLC)1026246387|z(OCoLC)990029799|z(OCoLC)1030983945
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050  4 TA19|b.W56 2018 
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100 1  Winchester, Simon,|0
245 14 The perfectionists :|bhow precision engineers created the 
       modern world /|cSimon Winchester. 
250    First edition. 
264  1 New York :|bHarper,|c[2018] 
264  4 |c©2018. 
300    xii, 395 pages :|billustrations, portraits ;|c24 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
336    still image|bsti|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
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.|0
650  0 Technological innovations|xHistory.|0
650  0 Machine design|0
650  0 Metrology|0
650  4 Technological Innovations|xHistory. 
650  4 Engineering|xHistory. 
655  7 History.|2fast|0 

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