You’re holding a couple hundred billion transistors right now. Yes, you. You with the smartphone in your hand. That’s possible because — surprise — transistors are only a few nanometers in sizing now. A size so small, that description means nothing to you, right? Well here’s something: what if transistors and all other things we engineer are simply going to get smaller from here? And what if that entire process began a shockingly short time ago, in a specific place, and changed the whole world faster than anybody recognise it was happening?
On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is acceded to by author Simon Winchester . Simon’s latest book is The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Made the Modern World , and he& Alex will explore exactly that. They’ll also get into why 1776 should be famous for more than the American Revolution, why Eli Whitney should be famous for being a con man, how the Hubble Space Telescope got itself contact lenses, and more shocking narrations of accuracy changing the whole world overnight.
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