The Evolution Of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks And Pins To Paper Clips And Zippers-Came To Be As They Are
The Evolution Of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks And Pins To Paper Clips And Zippers-Came To Be As They Are
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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The Evolution Of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks And Pins To Paper Clips And Zippers-Came To Be As They Are

  • Publish Date: 1994-02-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Henry Petroski

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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 productssuggesting that irritation, and not necessity, is the mother of invention.


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