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Old 06-07-2017, 08:47 AM
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Well, of course the Deacon's Masterpiece is fiction, but if it were real, it would be a truly wondrous piece of engineering indeed.

And the story is told that part of Henry Ford's genius was in emulating the Deacon's Masterpiece as closely as possible. After the Model T had been on the road for a while, he sent inspectors out to all of the junkyards, to see what had failed on each Model T to send it there. On learning of a part that had never failed, he ordered that that part be made cheaper, because it was clearly more robust (and hence expensive) than it needed to be.

On computer chips, it's hard to say that they're the most engineered thing, given that they're components of so many other things. A computer chip can't be more engineered than a 747, if the 747 itself contains one of those computer chips.