‘Winchester’s latest is a rollicking work of pop science that entertains and informs’ Publishers Weekly (starred review)
‘Winchester makes a convincing case … ‘Exactly’ succeeds resoundingly in making us think more deeply about the everyday objects we take for granted. It challenges us to reflect on our progress as humans and what has made it possible. It is interesting, informative, exciting and emotional, and for anyone with even some curiosity about what makes the machines of our world work as well as they do, it’s a real treat’ New York Times
‘Simon Winchester’s new book is a tale of many triumphs … His delight in words cannot be bridled, so that even “Exactly,” which is, after all, a nonfiction treatment of technology, brims with amusing and rare nouns such as bagatelle, bijoux, cynosure, seraglio and susurrus. These whir smoothly alongside the argot of the machine shop … Mr. Winchester covers more than 200 years of fine-tuning in this work, and corrals a large cast of eccentric individuals’ Wall Street Journal
‘An ingenious argument that the dazzling advances that produced the scientific revolution, the industrial revolution, and the revolutions that followed owe their success to a single engineering element: precision … An enthusiastic popular-science tour of technological marvels … readers will love the ride’ Kirkus
‘Another gem from one of the world’s justly celebrated historians specializing in unusual and always fascinating subjects and people’ Booklist (starred review)
From the Back Cover
The revered New York Times 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 and a warning for our future.
The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools--machines that make machines.
Simon Winchester takes us back to the origins of the Industrial Age, to England where he introduces the scientific minds that helped usher in modern production. Winchester moves forward through time, to today's cutting-edge developments occurring around the world, from America to Western Europe to Asia.