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Tim Harford tells the story of how Honoré Blanc, a gun-maker in 18th-century France, transformed the way the world manufactures things - but couldn't benefit from his own innovations.

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Mon 16 Sep 2019 03:50GMT

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Cam-plate and die from Babbage's Analytical Engine, 1834-1871 (Credit: Science & Society Picture Library/Getty Images)

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