Questions tagged [engineering-history]

Questions relating to the historical development of an engineering practice or process. Also, questions about the people and places involved in significant engineering developments and achievements.

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How are increasingly accurate machines made?

Making extremely accurate machines seems like a chicken and egg problem. How do you make one if you don't already have one? For example, how was the first indexing head made without an indexing head ...
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Could a gold/{second metal} crown be created that would pass the Archimedes test cost effectively?

Many people are familiar with the story of Archimedes submerging a crown in water to identify if the volume of the crown was consistent with the volume of the same amount of gold. The test was to see ...
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Why do we pave roads instead of making them from removable parts?

If roads were made of removable parts, we'd probably have fiber cable internet everywhere by now I'd say. It'd be so much easier to install e.g. new electricity and water infrastructure and to ...
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Would not a telephone call (from the late 1950s) auto-disconnect if one of the parties "closes the handle"?

In the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Togeather", S03E15, at 17:17, you see a drunk man leaving a telephone without putting it on its handle, with the person he was talking to begging him to "...