[LMB] Microscopy

Louann Miller domelouann at gmail.com
Wed Feb 5 15:45:21 GMT 2020


We all know about a lot of things China had that the west didn't get around
to at the same tech levels -- gunpowder, movable type, etc. But did you
know, also *wheelbarrows?*


On Wed, Feb 5, 2020 at 9:40 AM WILLIAM A WENRICH <wawenri at msn.com> wrote:

> The Incas Lack of wheels for transport were one of the things I was
> thinking of when I said that different conditions produced different tools.
> The Incas, IIRC, didn’t have lone flat areas conducive to roads for wheeled
> vehicles. The llamas were used as pack animals and could handle steps.
>
> Christian, husband, father, granddaddy, son, American. Here I stand. I can
> do no other. God help me.
> William A Wenrich
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> Didn't the Aztecs or some other culture in the region have wheels on toys
> but miss using them on transport?
> Karen A. Wyle
>     On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 10:24:19 AM EST, Howard Brazee <
> howard at brazee.net> wrote:
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>
>
> > On Feb 5, 2020, at 7:50 AM, WILLIAM A WENRICH <wawenri at msn.com> wrote:
> >
> > I don’t believe in “tech levels”. Different societies under different
> conditions develop different tools. However, in spite of a fairly mature
> glass industry, there is no mention of any type of lenses in the WGW. No
> eyeglasses or magnifying glass of any sort. Glassforge can produce large
> quantities of window glass, enough to transport it across the
> half-continent available to them. They make decorative glass bowls. I don’t
> understand why no lenses.
>
> It can be odd when a society appears to miss an easy technology.
> Sometimes the technology appears to be simple, such as stirrups or horse
> collars (both of which have had major impacts).
>
> I imagine there are simple philosophies that we also miss.
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