How interchangeable parts revolutionized the way things are made

By Tim Harford Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES One sweltering afternoon in July 1785, officials, dignitaries and a few infuriated gunsmiths gathered at the Château de Vincennes, a splendid castle to the east of Paris. They were there to see the demonstration of a new type of flintlock musket designed by Honoré Blanc, a gunsmith from Avignon … Continue reading “How interchangeable parts revolutionized the way things are made”