The Shed


Published by William Collins

Softcover edition 2019

395 pages

Hard and softcover

Softcover price $26.99

By Simon Winchester

The history of technology is fascinating and has been the subject of numerous books. L.T.C. Rolt’s related the history of machine tools such as lathes up to the time the book was published in 1950. Simon Winchester is a former geologist who was encouraged to become a journalist by famous travel writer Jan Morris. The success of his book (1998), now a Mel Gibson movie, about the compiling of the Oxford English, relates the increasing accuracy of manufacturing, starting 200 years ago with James Watt making his steam engine cylinders from bent and welded iron plate.

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