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EddyCurr
10-19-2011, 02:11 AM
To my surprise and delight, I tuned into a station on a drive home last night
and heard an announcer talking about Joseph Whitworth during a program
about the creation and adoption of standards.

Among the tidbits offered during portions I heard, novel to me was the
suggestion that the French revolution and the execution by guillotine of King
Louis XVI played a pivotal role in the development of the metric system.

Anyone who wishes to hear the broadcast for themselves can do so here.


The Screw That Changed the World (http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2011/10/17/the-screw-that-changed-the-world/)
CBC
Broadcast: Monday - October 17, 2011

There's a secret at the heart of our modern economy: standards.
Standards frame every aspect of our lives, according to Karl Turner,
from the nuts and bolts that hold our material world together to life's
genetic blueprint.

I settling in now to listen to the program in its entirety.

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planeman
10-19-2011, 10:10 AM
Great find!!!

I have one to report.

http://www.archive.org/index.php

One of the things it has are a HUGE number of the old radio programs - comedy, mystery, etc. like Jack Benny, Amos 'n Andy, The Inner Sanctum and the like, all in .MP3 format. I have downloaded hundreds of these and listen to them while working in my shop. You will find an extensive listing in the Audio section. And its all FREE!

Planeman

EddyCurr
10-19-2011, 03:36 PM
Thanks for the tip.

More information from the broadcast above that I discovered when I heard
the entire program was about the development and adoption of shipping
containers.

I remember the days before widespread truck transport when goods shipped
loose in railcars and cartage companies had large crews at railyards detailed
to empty/fill cars and trucks/warehouses for transfer and storage.

I can also picture photographs in business magazines of the 60's & 70's
discussing containerization and the transformation of port facilities. All
in large part due to a fellow from North Carolina.


Malcom Purcell McLean
father of containerization, founder of SeaLand Service
Malcom McLean (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcom_McLean)

The Box That Changed the World (http://www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/collateral/articles/f06.box.that.changed.the.world.pdf)

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loose nut
10-19-2011, 07:19 PM
[indent]The Screw That Changed the World (http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2011/10/17/the-screw-that-changed-the-world/)
CBC

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Silly me, I thought the screw that changed the world was the one that cost Tiger Woods his career.

Toolguy
10-19-2011, 08:09 PM
Nope. He's still out there swingin' his putter.

Al Messer
10-19-2011, 08:12 PM
Too bad that McLean Transportation did not survive "De-regulation" back in the '70's!

lazlo
10-19-2011, 08:15 PM
To my surprise and delight, I tuned into a station on a drive home last night and heard an announcer talking about Joseph Whitworth during a program about the creation and adoption of standards.

Ironic that the Whitworth thread is neither an Imperial nor Metric standard :D

John Stevenson
10-19-2011, 08:57 PM
Ironic that the Whitworth thread is neither an Imperial nor Metric standard :D

Ironic that it's stronger than both :D

wierdscience
10-19-2011, 09:08 PM
Ironic that the Whitworth thread is neither an Imperial nor Metric standard :D

And bizarre that the thread form lives on in ISO pipe threads:rolleyes:

lazlo
10-20-2011, 12:03 AM
And bizarre that the thread form lives on in ISO pipe threads:rolleyes:

I know, whatever genius came up with that idea should be strung-up by their thumbs. Metric orifices, Imperial TPI, and Whitworth threads.

They're so close to NPT that you can start to thread it on, until it gets stuck and you realize it's an odd-ball. :mad:

Peter S
10-20-2011, 01:36 AM
They're so close to NPT that you can start to thread it on, until it gets stuck and you realize it's an odd-ball. :mad:

For the rest of the world...it's NPT that's oddball! ;)

lazlo
10-20-2011, 12:08 PM
For the rest of the world...it's NPT that's oddball! ;)

Well, Canada and the US uses NPT, Japan uses JIS, the Brits use British Pipe Threads (with Imperial Dimensions). It's only mainland EU that uses the wacky ISO standard (Metric orifices, Imperial threads per inch, and Witworth threads).

Doesn't Australia use BSP and not ISO-G?

Tel
10-20-2011, 05:13 PM
Doesn't Australia use BSP and not ISO-G?

Indeed we do!

loose nut
10-20-2011, 06:29 PM
Ironic that it's stronger than both :D

Yes, by an completely inconsequential amount.

loose nut
10-20-2011, 06:30 PM
And bizarre that the thread form lives on in ISO pipe threads:rolleyes:

It is also the thread form for UN threads or it would be if done properly.

Peter S
10-20-2011, 07:48 PM
NZ, Australia (and presumably UK and others who used BSP) still use BSP for pipe threads, but now use nominal metric sizes, so the catalogue description might say 20mm, but this will get you a 3/4" BSP. I presume this is the same as Europe. The point being the thread is still BSP.

Lazlo, good point about Japanese fittings - there is alot of Japanese machinery here (excavators etc), not sure what fittings they use.

Eddy, apologies for contributing to thread drift - I did listen to the whole programme, but must admit to falling asleep :o

Charles P
10-21-2011, 03:53 AM
Norman Atkinson's biography of Whitworth is a must read. It really shows how he developed great engineering solutions from his ideas and craft skills (and how vested interests can work against you)

Charles