Nuts and Bolts: Seven Small Inventions That Changed the World (in a big way)
Finishes at: Saturday 28 October 1:15 PM
The most complex feats of engineering in the world owe their existence to just seven simple inventions: nail, spring, wheel, lens, magnet, string and pump.
Roma Agrawal, part of the team that designed the Shard, reveals in this intriguing book how even the most ambitious project of the 21st century relies on ancient discoveries such as handmade Roman nails, the potter’s wheel, even the humble lens. All seven of these simple discoveries have played a vital role in the sophisticated technology we see around us today.
Small they may be, but throughout history these tiny, often hidden, ‘nuts and bolts’ of the engineering world have contributed to our lives in huge and dramatic ways we could never have imagined.
‘Beneath the surface it can be beautifully simple.’
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