This is the skyline of the 1893 World’s Fair. Hundreds of buildings erected in the image of neoclassical perfection, expositions and showmanship of real advances in physics and engineering on display for the curious public.
There was this alignment among the public in general to do.
People were hungry for progress on the scale of civilizations. People unironically had conversations about the “advancement of mankind” without sounding tone deaf and pretentious.
Placeholder for notes on Tesla, Edison, Westinghouse. People who changed the actual landscape of the world, who had ambition and vision far beyond anything I’ve seen today. I think we have a lot to learn from these people.
I also think it was easier to invent and work at the SOTA in the late 19th and early 20th century. Edison could open an electrical engineering journal and digest advances in circuits with simple algebra. The equivalent in any cutting-edge field of computer science requires years of math and theory…