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On the economy of machinery and manufactures (1832)
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Telegraphs are machines for conveying information over extensive lines with great rapidity.
The proportion between the velocity with which men or animals move, and the weights they carry, is a matter of considerable importance, particularly in military affairs.
The possessors of wealth can scarcely be indifferent to processes which, nearly or remotely have been the fertile source of their possessions.
I am inclined to attach some importance to the new system of manufacturing; and venture to throw it out with the hope of its receiving a full discussion among those who are most interestedin the subject.
The economy of human time is the next advantage of machinery in manufactures.
Perhaps the most important principle on which the economy of a manufacture depends, is the division of labour amongst the persons who perform the work.
The errors which arise from the absence of facts are far more numerous and more durable than those which result from unsound reasoning respecting true data.
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