Ideas | Oct 17, 2011 | 53:59

The Screw that Changed the World (Oct. 2011 Encore)

There's a secret at the heart of our modern economy: standards. Standards frame every aspect of our lives, according to Karl Turner, from the nuts and bolts that hold our material world together to life's genetic blueprint.

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