Exactly : How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
by Simon Winchester
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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Successful author of Simon Winchester writes a magnificent story of pioneering engineers who developed precision machines to allow us to see as far as the moon and as close as the Higgs bosonPrecision is the key to everythingIt is an integral, undisputed and essential component of our modern, commercial, scientific, mechanical and intellectual landscape society.The elements of value to us in our daily lives, – a camera, phone, computer, bicycle, a car, a dishwasher perhaps – sports all components that enter with precision and work with near perfectionWe also assume that the more accurate a device is the better it isAnd yet, while we live peppery lives and prick with precision, we are not, when you think about it, entirely sure what precision is, or what it meansWhen and how to start building the modern worldSimon Winchester, seeks to answer these questions through stories of pioneer precisionExactly, we must go back to the origins of the Industrial era, to Great Britain, where he introduced the scientific spirit that opened the way to modern production: Jean-Fer-Mad’ Wilkinson, Henry Maudslay, Joseph Bramah, Jesse Ramsden, and Joseph WhitworthThomas Jefferson exported their discoveries to the United States as manufacturing developed in the early twentieth century, with Britain’s Henry Royce developing the Rolls and Henry Ford producing the mass production of cars, Hattori de Seiko and Leica, today at the forefront of the evolution of Europe, Asia and North AmericaAs he introduced the spirit and methods that changed the modern world, Winchester explores fundamental questionsWhy Is Precision ImportantWhat are the different tools we use to measureWho invented and perfectedIn pursuit of the ultra-precise in many aspects of human life blinds us to other things of equal value, such as an appreciation for the centuries-old traditions of craftsmansh
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