Simon Winchester - The Perfectionists
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The bestselling author speaks about his new book about the role of “precision” in the development of technology
In The Perfectionists, the revered bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement–precision–in a superb history that is both an homage & a warning for our future.
As he introduces the minds and methods that have changed the modern world, Winchester explores fundamental questions.
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 ultra-precise 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 co-exist in society?
Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States, Atlantic, Pacific, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa. In 2006 he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He lives in western Massachusetts.
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