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Old 06-06-2017, 07:29 PM
Chronos Chronos is offline
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Quoth Lucas Jackson:

Most the things listed here were not engineered from scratch. The whole standing on the shoulders thing...
I'll nominate LIGO, then. It still stands on an awful lot of shoulders, of course, but it's the first device in the world to successfully do what it does. Nothing else that has ever worked is even in the same broad category.

It's also the clear winner if we take "most engineered" to mean "most precise measurements", unless anyone can name any other device that measures to one part in 10^20.