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The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance - Henry Petroski
The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance
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Henry Petroski traces the origins of the pencil back to ancient Greece and Rome, writes factually and charmingly about its development over the centuries and around the world, and shows what the pencil can teach us about engineering and technology today.
Henry Petroski traces the origins of the pencil back to ancient Greece and Rome, writes factually and charmingly about its development over the centuries and around the world, and shows what the pencil can teach us about engineering and technology today.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780679734154 (0679734155)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 434
Edition language: English
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3.0 The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance
high 3, pushing the 4 and better than [b:The Book on the Bookshelf|95979|The Book on the Bookshelf|Henry Petroski|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1320451642s/95979.jpg|1554589], but suffers from the same problem of apparently being a product of some writer-agent brainstorming session, "ah...
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Gypsy Librarian on Books rated it
1.0 The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance
I really tried to like this book. The topic sounded very interesting, and as a writer who still does write by hand, I figured it would be interesting. However, Petroski simply does not know how to write or make an engaging narrative. Every time you think he is going to get to the history of the penc...
EricCWelch
EricCWelch rated it
Henry Petroski, that most excellent of engineering writers, uses the pencil as a metaphor for the study of the engineering process in his first-rate history The Pencil.- A History of Design and Circumstance. The pencil represents innovation, ingenuity and inventiveness.The problems facing a pencil e...
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