Episode 606: Spreadsheets! : Planet Money The electronic spreadsheet transformed entire industries. But its effects ran deeper than that.

Episode 606: Spreadsheets!

Episode 606: Spreadsheets!

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Note: This episode contains explicit language.

Spreadsheets used to be actual sheets of paper. Sometimes, a bunch of sheets of paper taped together.

Then, in the late '70s, a bored student invented the electronic spreadsheet. It transformed industries. But its effects ran deeper than that.

As one journalist wrote more than 30 years ago, "The spreadsheet is a tool, and it is also a world view — reality by the numbers."

Today's show was inspired by A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge, a 1984 article by Steven Levy.

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