America, it is often noted, is a young country: while many European countries date back a thousand years and more–to say nothing of China’s many thousands of years as a state–America is a spring chicken at less than 250 years. Nevertheless, many American institutions are comparatively ancient. For instance, Harvard University had no calculus classes when it first opened–because calculus hadn’t been invented yet.
America is also home to many of the world’s largest corporations, currently headed by Apple at almost one-half trillion dollars in value on massive iPhone, iPad, and MacBook sales. But even in a nation as young as America, Apple has only been around for a mere 40 years. Only time will tell if its wealth will allow it to stand the test of time or if it will become one more former titan in the dust-bin of history. Read the full story »