They did not have the benefit of cheap, off the shelf, mass produced batteries. Bronze is a relatively hard alloy of copper and tin, better suited for the purpose than the much softer copper enabling improved durability of the weapons and the ability to hold a cutting edge.
For many years the telegraph, and later the telephone, industries were the only consumers of batteries in modest volumes and it wasn't until the twentieth century that new applications created the demand that made the battery a commodity item. The use of bronze for tools and weapons gradually spread to the rest of the World until it was eventually superceded by the much harder iron.
In this provocative, entertaining book, Frank Partnoy provides a necessary rebuttal to the gurus of “go with your gut.” He shows that decisions of all kinds, whether “snap” or long-term strategic, benefit from being made at the last possible moment.
The art of knowing how long you can afford to delay before committing is at the heart of many a great decision—whether in a corporate takeover or a marriage proposal.
Exploring decisions from those made in half a second to those that take months and years, Partnoy demonstrates that procrastination is often virtuous, that the ability to wait is the path to happiness, and that our gut instincts often betray us. Partnoy’s intention in “Wait” is to take on those who evangelize the power of thinking quickly, “getting things done” and leading an organized life….
Great athletes agree, but with shorter time horizons.This makes me think that if this tendency is due to errors in measurement from less accurate techniques &/or technology then the disproportionately higher c values may have resulted from a systemic error or bias that should be reproducible today.In other words, if c has remained constant throughout history, then those older techniques & technologies should still show the same bias toward higher values of c.Science in its original sense was a word for a type of knowledge rather than a specialized word for the pursuit of such knowledge.In particular, it was the type of knowledge which people can communicate to each other and share.