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Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World (Trade Paperback / Paperback, ePub edition)

By Winchester, Simon

Best-selling author Simon Winchester maps the amazing trajectory of the fathers of engineering. The lives of Wilkinson, Whitworth, Maudslay, Bramah, and Ramsden are interwoven with anecdotes such as the invention of the Rolls-Royce and Thomas Jefferson's innovations, offering a f...ascinating narrative about the men who shaped today's world. Through stories of their trials and tribulations, Precision celebrates the memorable men who shaped today's world through their early innovation in engineering. John Wilkinson, known as ` Iron-Mad Wilkinson' became one of the richest Englishmen of the industrial revolution following the invention of perfectly round cylinders, which forever changed the steam engine business. Joseph Bramah masterminded an eclectic array of inventions, not least the banknote numbering machine, the beer tap, the hydraulic press, and locks. Jesse Ramsden crafted precise optical instruments. As the first man to create a perfect sheet of steel, Henry Maudslay virtually invented the concept of precision. His peer Joseph Whitworth standardised it through the British Standard Whitworth system for imperial measurement - a framework that guides the railway, shipbuilding and car manufacturing industries to this day. Simon Winchester chronicles the genesis of precision by shining a light on the quintet of pioneers who enabled us to see as far as the moon and as close as the Higgs boson through their unparalleled work of minutiae.
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ISBN 9780008241773
Released NZ 8 May 2018
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, ePub edition
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ISBN-13 9780008241773
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint William Collins
Released 8 May 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, ePub edition
Edition ePub edition
Author(s) By Winchester, Simon
Category Popular Science
Inventions & Inventors
Precision Instruments Manufacture
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 31mm
Dewey Code 620.00922
Weight 510g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Engineering - History, Engineers - History
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade