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The Evolution of Useful Things (How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are.)

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Overview

   How did the table fork acquire a fourth tine?  What advantage does the Phillips-head screw have over its single-grooved predecessor? Why does the paper clip look the way it does? What makes Scotch tape Scotch?

   In this delightful book Henry, Petroski takes a microscopic look at artifacts that most of us count on but rarely contemplate, including such icons of the everyday as pins, Post-its, and fast-food "clamshell" containers.  At the same time, he offers a convincing new theory of technological innovation as a response to the perceived failures of existing products—suggesting that irritation, and not necessity, is the mother of invention.

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  • Product Details

    Author:
    Henry Petroski
    Format:
    Paperback
    Pages:
    304
    Publisher:
    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (February 1, 1994)
    Language:
    English
    ISBN-13:
    9780679740391
    ISBN-10:
    0679740392
    Weight:
    7.68oz
    Dimensions:
    5.15" x 7.98" x 0.65"
    Case Pack:
    24
    File:
    RandomHouse-PRH-20171126_060958-RH-NA-PHYSICAL-DELTA-21-20171126.xml
    Folder:
    RandomHouse
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