Manchester and The Origins of Innovation

2017 April 28

picture-14Welcome to PULP issue 8, volume 32: The Ingenuity Issue

Located on the site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station is Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry: home of “Baby”, the world’s first computer and the rest of the city’s innovative history. From 19th century instruments of science and research, to the forging of the Industrial age, to flight – Manchester has made a number of significant contributions to the progression of humanity at the hand of some of the greatest, largely unknown figures.

John Dalton, for example, of whom our Science and Engineering building is named after, pioneered atomic theory and in 1917 Ernest Rutherford split the first atom at Manchester University. Joseph Whitworth was the greatest precision engineer of the 19th century, producing parts that would form the foundations of modern consumerism.

Though ingrained, the history of Manchester’s ingenuity has become subdued, buried beneath layers of modern culture. Innovations of the past have given way to a technology-saturated present, but its signpost, quite literally, are all around us.

This issue has been inspired by the courses taught at MMU’s Science and Engineering Faculty, based at John Dalton, All Saints Campus. PULP would like to thank all of its contributors. A special thanks goes to Matt Sidebottom for orchestrating the design.

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