A smaller gear, or a stronger steel.

“It was a phenomenon Galileo had noticed before; improvements at the artisanal level passed from workshop to workshop without scholars or princes knowing anything about them, and so it often happened that suddenly workshops everywhere could all make a smaller gear, or a stronger steel.”

Galileo’s Dream, by Kim Stanley Robinson

2 comments
  1. Ooh, lovely, and reminding of the Richard Sennet chapter on “workshops” in The Craftsman.

  2. Boris said:

    Thoroughly enjoying this book. Thank you.

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