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Fall 1996

Volume 12, Issue 2


FLIGHT RECORDERS have progressed from tiny dots on aluminum foil to silicon chips recording hundreds of parameters, invulnerable to dozens of kinds of assaults—and saving many thousands of lives
IN THE EARLY 1960s one company tried to close the missile gap by adapting nineteenth-century-technology
Experiencing the Engineering Wonder of the Century
CASH REGISTERS, AIRPLANES , locomotives, refrigerators, and especially automobiles: Vast areas of industry were touched by his genius
HALF A CENTURY ago a few small-town tinkerers bought some simple equipment and accidentally founded a multibillion-dollar industry


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