Fresh: pushing the envelope

XII.5 September + October 2005
Page: 10
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If your prototype explodes in the forest, will anyone notice?


Authors:
Fred Sampson

When the scientists and technicians of World War II's Manhattan Project needed to test their prototype of the atomic bomb, they had to blow it up. The gadget-makers not only had to develop their prototype based on new, untested theories, they had to develop the tools to design, build, and test it on their own. The test succeeded. prototype, n: an original model on which something is patterned; a standard or typical example; a first full-scale and usually functional form of a new type or design of a construction (as an airplane).┬ŚMerriam-Webster's Online Dictionary (www.m-w.com) Thankfully, most of us…




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