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Tacit Knowledge in Science

A recent NPR article reported on the team of craftsmen and technicians who are grinding the mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope. While the entire article is interesting, what is particularly interesting to me is that it reveals the importance of tacit knowledge in making even the most technical instruments.

John Mudge’s grinding apparatus.

See my post at PACHS: Grinding Telescope Mirrors Then and Now