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Ten Engineering Feats That Changed The World

Infinity Project ch 9
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Shawn Liner

on 16 July 2013

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Transcript of Ten Engineering Feats That Changed The World

Ten Engineering Feats That Changed The World
312 B.C.:
Rome needed fresh water -
but it was 60 miles away
Soluton:
Aqueducts that were 3’ by 6’ with a 1:100 slope
Impact:
Rome became a world power
332 B.C.:
Soluton:
384-foot Lighthouse on island of Pharos
Impact:
Alexandria was the center of commerce
Books were handwritten,
rare, and expensive
Solution:
Impact:
The Western world became literate
Johannes Gutenberg’s
movable type printing press
1448 AD
Sailors Were Wrecking in Harbor in Egypt
1900
Cars Were expensive and unreliable
Solution:
Olds and Ford built the manufacturing line`
Impact:
Affordable cars - and a mobile culture
1882
Electric plants made direct current - but it didn’t travel down wires too well
Solution:
Impact:
Modern Electrical Appliances
Modern generators, AC power, and wired networks
1900's
Going from East to West over water was a long boat ride
Solution:
50-mile, canal through Panama
Impact:
Creation of a global marketplace
1950's
Travel to the stars was science fiction
Solution:
The U.S. and USSR space programs
Impact:
Jet propulsion, plastics, PCs, and freeze-dried food
1920's
Radio was audio only
Solution:
Philo T. Farnsworth transmits first TV image in 1927
Impact:
Entertainment industry,
worldwide news,
Global Community
1955
Computers were 3 tons and cost $200,000.
Solution:
Jack Kilby puts several switches in a single device - the first IC
Impact:
Computerized everything, the Internet
1870's
Natural ice was the onlyway to keep cool
Solution:
Circulate special liquid that absorbs
heat during evaporation
Impact:
Frozen food, A/C, modern medicines
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