Saturday, May 18 at 4:00 pm

POSTPONED Speaker Series: Simon Winchester, Author of The Perfectionists

POSTPONED  We are pleased to welcome back author Simon Winchester for a book reading and signing for his new book, The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World, on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

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.  Eventually, the application of precision tools and methods resulted in the creation and mass production of items from guns and glass to mirrors, lenses, and cameras—and eventually gave way to further breakthroughs, including gene splicing, microchips, and the Hadron Collider.  Winchester moves forward through time, to today’s cutting-edge developments occurring around the world, from America to Western Europe to Asia.

About the author: SIMON WINCHESTER is the New York Times best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman.  His recent titles include Atlantic and The Men Who United the States.  Winchester was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to journalism and literature.  He lives in Massachusetts and New York City.

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