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Until a few thousand years ago, iron was virtually unknown. Now, high-quality steel is everywhere around us
If cement weren't 10,000 years old, it would seem like a futuristic technology: liquid rock!
What is the Haber-Bosch process? It's what keeps billions of people in the modern world from starving to death
DC was doomed from the start—not for lack of backers, since it was favored by the world-renowned Thomas Edison, but by physics and economics
The hazards of the sea are many. But of all the challenges facing the sailor, the biggest was simply knowing where you are
Smallpox was one of the worst diseases in history. This is the story of how we killed it
The bicycle, as we know it today, was not invented until the late 1800s. Here are some theories about why
Progress is real and important, but it is not automatic or inevitable. We must understand its causes, so that we can protect them and reinforce them
We have a responsibility to learn the underpinnings of the standard of living we all enjoy. To understand and appreciate how we got here, and what it took. And ultimately, to keep it going
A third way that avoids both complacency and defeatism
The 19th century believed in progress; the 20th century grew skeptical. We need a new way forward
An intellectual core for the progress movement
When you know these facts of history, you understand what “industrial civilization” is and why it is the benefactor of everyone who is lucky enough to live in it
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