How A Few Precision Engineers Invented Your Entire Life

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You’re holding a couple hundred billion transistors today. Yes, you. You with the smart device in your hand. Because– surprise– transistors are just a couple of nanometers in size now, that’s possible. A size so little, that description implies absolutely nothing to you? Well here’s something: what if transistors and all other things we engineer are just going to get smaller sized from

  • here? And what if that whole procedure started a shockingly brief time earlier, in a particular location, and altered the whole world quicker than anyone recognized it was taking place?

    On today’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is signed up with by author Simon Winchester . Simon’s newest book is The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World , and he &Alex will check out precisely that. They’ll likewise enter why 1776 must be well-known for more than the American Revolution, why Eli Whitney must be popular for being a bilker, how the Hubble Space Telescope got itself call lenses, and more stunning tales of accuracy altering the whole world over night.

    Footnotes:

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

    Simon Winchester’s bio

    The Professor and the Madman: A Tale

  • Oxford English Dictionary

    a timeline of Victorian Britain (BBC History )

    John Wilkinson(BBC History)

    Portsmouth Block Mills (Wikipedia)

    Battle Of Bladensburg (American Battlefield Trust)

    How NASA repaired Hubble‘s problematic vision-and track record(CBS News)

    NASA’s Webb telescope postponed to 2021(Science)

    Jim Inhofe’s snowball has actually disproven environment modification at last(The Washington Post)

    Frederick Henry Royce(Automotive Hall Of Fame)

    https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/341789-gaudy-night”> quotes from Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers(Goodreads)

    one quintillion, drawn up: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000

    Inside the cockpit on QF32: How theworld’s worst air travel catastrophe was avoided (news.com.au)

    LIGO Lab(Caltech)

    A Visit To Seiko Watch Company In Japan(Gear Patrol)

    Longitude by Dava Sobel

    Sir Cloudesley Shovell shipwrecked(History Today)

    Korean Airlines flight shot down by Soviet Union (History)

    Chinese navigation satellite released by Long March rocket(Spaceflight Now)

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