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Simon Winchester, The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

06/13/18 | 6:30 PM

the New York Society Library

53 East 79th Street, between Madison and Park Avenues, Map

212-288-6900

$15


13-06-2018 12:00:00 13-06-2018 12:00:00 America/New_York Simon Winchester, The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World | 6:30 PM The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision. 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 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, 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 imported their discoveries to the fledgling United States, setting the nation on its course to become a manufacturing titan. Winchester moves forward to cutting-edge developments occurring today around the world, from America to Western Europe to Asia. http://www.cityguideny.com/eventinfo.cfm?id=302940 the New York Society Library the New York Society Library

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The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision. 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 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, 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 imported their discoveries to the fledgling United States, setting the nation on its course to become a manufacturing titan. Winchester moves forward to cutting-edge developments occurring today around the world, from America to Western Europe to Asia.

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