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Fall 1989

Volume 5, Issue 2


Of course not—yet the analogy has repeatedly held back design improvement

He is remembered now as the solitary philosopher of Walden Pond, but he also conceived of the best, most advanced pencils in the nation and helped run the factory that made them
They were an extreme technological adaptation, built for speed at any price—and the price was soon too high

It would have bestridden three big rivers like a Y-shaped Brooklyn Bridge, decades before that span was built


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