Ferris Jabr wrote a fantastic story on the history of string and its importance for our civilization.
“In a fiberless world, the age of naval exploration would never have happened; early light bulbs would have lacked suitable filaments; the pendulum would never have inspired advances in physics and timekeeping; and there would be no Golden Gate Bridge, no tennis shoes, no Beethoven’s fifth symphony.”
This article does a terrific job of taking something we so often take for granted, and show just how impactful its invention and usage is on our everyday lives. This is a great example of not only a fascinating subject, but also terrific writing as well. This is an absolute must read for anyone who breathes oxygen.
Via Tyler Cowen