Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursday Trivia

The answer to yesterday's question is:
Tim Curry.

Today's question is:
Fill in the blank to complete Lewis Mumford's 1934 quote: “The _____, not the steam engine, is the key-machine of the modern industrial age.”


Amerloc said...

The clock so rules teachers - we devote extra ticks and tocks to making sure our lessons conform to it. The steam engine had a more comfortable synergy in its pounding.

gbradley said...

I've never heard of this person, or this quote.
I'm gonna guess...
Maybe typewriter?
He would have been way ahead of his time if he said Computer.

Anonymous said...

The clock.

Steve USMA '85 said...

I was going to guess the telegraph but I see that isn't the answer from a Google search.

allen (in Michigan) said...

I'll guess "loom".

Peter Drucker wrote a piece about past technological revolutions and he put the printing press and the loom above the steam engine asserting that they both so hugely reduced the cost publication and, oddly, clothing, that they were the dominoes that had to fall to set the stage for dependent technologies like the steam engine.