From the making of the Oxford English Dictionary to the 1883 Krakatoa eruption to the natural and cultural histories of the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, Winchester has presented fascinating subjects with warmth and virtuoso storytelling. His latest narrative history explores the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age, focusing on the role of precision. Precision was crucial in the shift from handcrafts to machine tools—machines that make machines—and these led to mass production and eventually to projects including gene-splicing and the Hadron Collider. While he celebrates these achievements, Winchester wonders if we’ve lost sight of other values, and asks if we can still appreciate craftsmanship and fine arts even as we work for ever greater technical control. Winchester will be in conversation with Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.