Newsweek Magazine, January 11, 1999
The first page of Newsweek Magazine’s feature article “The Power of Big Ideas” regarding the most significant inventions of the last 2000 years. Simple reading glasses are very high on that list since they occupy the FIRST paragraph out of the eleven which were chosen.
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READING GLASSES
Simple pairs of spectacles, says psychologist Nicholas Humphrey of the New School for Social Research in New York, “have effectively doubled the active life of everyone who reads or does fine work—and prevented the world being ruled by people under 40.” That alone gets them into the inventions pantheon, but glasses also foster the mind-set that people need not accept the body nature gave them, and that physical limitations can be overcome with ingenuity.

Newsweek Magazine, January 11, 1999

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