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How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
- Historians devote more time and thought to documenting human actions than to understanding how technology has influenced those actions.
- Without glass, we would not have vaccinations, space travel, or high literacy rates.
- Air conditioning moves around cold air, but it has also moved around millions of people over the past century.
- The most impactful use of sound is what it enables us to see rather than what it helps us hear.
- The light bulb and other forms of artificial lighting came about because of what was discovered in a sperm whale’s skull.