The Engineer’s Bookshelf: Machinery’s Handbook

The Engineer’s Bookshelf: Machinery’s Handbook

Although it’s now digitized on CD-ROM, Machinery’s Handbook still remains The Book to turn to for a vast amount of information relevant not only to machinists but also product designers, tool makers, engineers, inventors and hobbyists who want definitive...
Why Must We Make Things So Complicated?

Why Must We Make Things So Complicated?

A brief look at watches, clocks and other timepieces, and our timeless fascination with spinning gears. What Is A Complication? A watch complication is essentially any movement that displays more than the mere hour, minute or second. This is the face of the...
Of Metals And Men

Of Metals And Men

The map above is one of the great intellectual achievements of the Age of Enlightenment, roughly that period of time between the late 1600’s and the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in 1820. During this time, Europe and America experienced an astonishing...
Designing The Perfect Music System

Designing The Perfect Music System

There’s no more sure-fire way to kick up a cloud of dust among music lovers than to bring up the old digital-vs-analog argument. It’s almost as bad as asking who’s the greatest rock guitarist, or which Beatles album is the best (answer: all of them)....