You're holding a couple hundred billion transistors right now. Yes, you. You with the smartphone in your hand. That's possible because -- surprise -- transistors are only a few nanometers in size now. A size so small, that description means nothing to you, right? Well here's something: what if transistors and all other things we engineer are only going to get smaller from here? And what if that entire process began a shockingly short time ago, in a specific place, and changed the entire world faster than anybody realized it was happening?
On this week's episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by author Simon Winchester. Simon's latest book is The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World, and he & Alex will explore exactly that. They'll also get into why 1776 should be famous for more than the American Revolution, why Eli Whitney should be famous for being a con man, how the Hubble Space Telescope got itself contact lenses, and more shocking tales of precision changing the entire world overnight.
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