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The author of The Pencil combines history, biography, design theory, and technology as he analyzes the development of safety pins, Scotch tape, tin cans, and other useful objects that people take for granted. First serial, American Heritage's Invention and Technology.
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"Very engaging and wonderfully informative...The Pencil unfolds a history of invention, craftsmanship, engineering, manufacture and business that is also at times a history of cultural life on both sides of the Atlantic...No reader of this book will ever be able to pick up a pencil again without marveling."
-- Hilton Kramer, Newsday
"So engrossing that I read it through in one sitting...An utterly absorbing history."
-- Martin Gardner, Raleigh News and Observer
"Beguiling...surprising, entertaining, informative. One could scarcely ask a book to be more!...Using the story of the pencil as a paradigm, Petroski shows us how the process of engineering unfolds and [how] the pencil is the end result of a process that parallels those by which products of much greater sophistication -- computers, for example -- are invented, designed, manufactured and improved."
-- Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World
"A serious and charming history...Petroski argues his case with wry humor and an amplitude of anecdotage drawn from many centuries and continents. The Pencil is that great rarity, a book that will appeal to ordinary readers and yet seems destined as well to become a minor classic in academe."
-- Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic
"You will never feel the same about the pencil after you read this terrific book."
-- Larry King, USA Today
Henry Petroski is Professor of Civil Engineering at Duke University. His previous books are to Engineer Is Human, Beyond Engineering, and The Pencil
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Descrizione libro Knopf, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione: New. Codice articolo mon0000206393
Descrizione libro Knopf, 1992. Condizione: New. book. Codice articolo M0679412263
Descrizione libro Condizione: New. New. Codice articolo M-0679412263