The Pencil

Filename: the-pencil.pdf
ISBN: 9780307772435
Release Date: 2011-02-16
Number of pages: 448
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Knopf

Download and read online The Pencil in PDF and EPUB 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Pencil

Filename: the-pencil.pdf
ISBN: 057121763X
Release Date: 2003
Number of pages: 434
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher:

Download and read online The Pencil in PDF and EPUB Henry Petroski's witty and unexpected history of the pencil includes a wide range of characters: from the American philosopher Henry David Thoreau, and Toulouse-Lautrec, who declared, 'I am a pencil', to the great nineteenth-century manufacturing families, such as Dixon and Faber. Petroski charmingly celebrates the design history of one of mankind's most essential, and yet undervalued, tools. 'One of those great books that starts a genre. A witty liaison between folk history and deconstruction, it manages to be both wide-angle lens and microscope. Enthralling.' Stephen Bayley


The Pencil

Filename: the-pencil.pdf
ISBN: 9780679734154
Release Date: 1992
Number of pages: 434
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

Download and read online The Pencil in PDF and EPUB Analyzes the common pencil, citing it as an example of engineering excellence, looks at its origins and the history of its production, and provides reasons for its survival into the computer age


The Pencil

Filename: the-pencil.pdf
ISBN: 9780307772435
Release Date: 2011-02-16
Number of pages: 448
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Knopf

Download and read online The Pencil in PDF and EPUB 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Road Taken

Filename: the-road-taken.pdf
ISBN: 9781632863614
Release Date: 2016-02-16
Number of pages: 336
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

Download and read online The Road Taken in PDF and EPUB Acclaimed engineer and historian Henry Petroski explores our core infrastructure from both historical and contemporary perspectives, explaining how essential their maintenance is to America's economic health. Petroski reveals the genesis of the many parts of America's highway system--our interstate numbering system, the centerline that divides roads, and such taken-for-granted objects as guardrails, stop signs, and traffic lights--all crucial to our national and local infrastructure. A compelling work of history, The Road Taken is also an urgent clarion call aimed at American citizens, politicians, and anyone with a vested interest in our economic well-being. Physical infrastructure in the United States is crumbling, and Petroski reveals the complex and challenging interplay between government and industry inherent in major infrastructure improvement. The road we take in the next decade toward rebuilding our aging infrastructure will in large part determine our future national prosperity.


Invention by Design

Filename: invention-by-design.pdf
ISBN: 0674463684
Release Date: 1996
Number of pages: 242
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Harvard University Press

Download and read online Invention by Design in PDF and EPUB Presents case studies of inventions by engineers, explaining how they resolve technical difficulties, and how they make their inventions socially acceptable and economically feasible


Success Through Failure

Filename: success-through-failure.pdf
ISBN: 0691122253
Release Date: 2006
Number of pages: 235
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Download and read online Success Through Failure in PDF and EPUB Contends that modeling engineering designs solely on past successes and ignoring past missteps is a path toward eventual failure.


How to Sharpen Pencils

Filename: how-to-sharpen-pencils.pdf
ISBN: 1612190405
Release Date: 2012
Number of pages: 218
Author: David Rees
Publisher: Melville House Publishing

Download and read online How to Sharpen Pencils in PDF and EPUB Reveals the secrets of manual pencil sharpening in a humorous manifesto.


The Pencil Perfect

Filename: the-pencil-perfect.pdf
ISBN: 3899556755
Release Date: 2016-10
Number of pages: 144
Author: Caroline Weaver
Publisher:

Download and read online The Pencil Perfect in PDF and EPUB Intimate and individual, pencil and paper are a personal touch in a digital age. The pencil is our direct connection between mind and page. We tell the story of an overlooked cultural icon with anecdotes, unexpected facts, and hand-drawn pencil-and-paper illustrations. This book features profiles of pencil crafters, anecdotes about famous writers and their favorite pencils, and essays about the surprising role of pencils in world history and culture. The Pencil Perfect explores the culture, heritage, manufacture, and meaning of the pencil. The humble instrument is now more relevant and romanticized than ever because it reconnects us with a simpler time. More and more of us are putting down the smartphone and picking up a pencil. This small, every day object brings us back to the simple and the tangible."


Design Paradigms

Filename: design-paradigms.pdf
ISBN: 0521466490
Release Date: 1994-05-27
Number of pages: 209
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online Design Paradigms in PDF and EPUB From classical temples to twentieth century towers, engineers have learned more about design from failure than from success. The concept of error, according to the author of Design Paradigms, is central to the design process. As a way of explaining the enduring aspects of engineering design, Henry Petroski relates stories of some of the greatest engineering successes and failures of all time. These case studies, drawn from a wide range of times and places, from Ancient Greece and Rome to modern America, serve as paradigms of error and judgment in engineering design. By showing how errors were introduced in the design process and how they might be avoided, the book suggests how better quality and reliability might be achieved in designed devices, structures, and systems of all kinds. Clearly written, with striking illustrations, the book will appeal to engineering students, practicing engineers, historians of science and technology, and all those interested in learning about the process of design.


The Pencil

Filename: the-pencil.pdf
ISBN: UOM:39015009259840
Release Date: 1974
Number of pages: 160
Author: Paul Calle
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications

Download and read online The Pencil in PDF and EPUB The official N.A.S.A. artist and award-winning illustrator surveys the histories and varieties of pencils and papers, explains the principles and techniques of drawing, and demonstrates various drawing projects, illustrated by his own work


One Good Turn

Filename: one-good-turn.pdf
ISBN: 9780743219082
Release Date: 2013-07-23
Number of pages: 176
Author: Witold Rybczynski
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Download and read online One Good Turn in PDF and EPUB The Best Tool of the Millennium The seeds of Rybczynski's elegant and illuminating new book were sown by The New York Times, whose editors asked him to write an essay identifying "the best tool of the millennium." The award-winning author of Home, A Clearing in the Distance, and Now I Sit Me Down, Rybczynski once built a house using only hand tools. His intimate knowledge of the toolbox -- both its contents and its history -- serves him beautifully on his quest. One Good Turn is a story starring Archimedes, who invented the water screw and introduced the helix, and Leonardo, who sketched a machine for carving wood screws. It is a story of mechanical discovery and genius that takes readers from ancient Greece to car design in the age of American industry. Rybczynski writes an ode to the screw, without which there would be no telescope, no microscope -- in short, no enlightenment science. One of our finest cultural and architectural historians, Rybczynski renders a graceful, original, and engaging portrait of the tool that changed the course of civilization.


Small Things Considered

Filename: small-things-considered.pdf
ISBN: 9780307427809
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Number of pages: 304
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Vintage

Download and read online Small Things Considered in PDF and EPUB Why has the durable paper shopping bag been largely replaced by its flimsy plastic counterpart? What circuitous chain of improvements led to such innovations as the automobile cup holder and the swiveling vegetable peeler? With the same relentless curiosity and lucid, witty prose he brought to his earlier books, Henry Petroski looks at some of our most familiar objects and reveals that they are, in fact, works in progress. For there can never be an end to the quest for the perfect design. To illustrate his thesis, Petroski tells the story of the paper drinking cup, which owes its popularity to the discovery that water glasses could carry germs. He pays tribute to the little plastic tripod that keeps pizza from sticking to the box and analyzes the numerical layouts of telephones and handheld calculators. Small Things Considered is Petroski at his most trenchant and provocative, casting his eye not only on everyday artifacts but on their users as well. From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Toothpick

Filename: the-toothpick.pdf
ISBN: 0307492001
Release Date: 2008-11-26
Number of pages: 464
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Vintage

Download and read online The Toothpick in PDF and EPUB A celebration culture and technology, as seen through the history of the humble yet ubiquitous toothpick, from the best-selling author of The Pencil. From ancient Rome, where emperor Nero made his entrance into a banquet hall with a silver toothpick in his mouth, to nineteenth-century Boston, where Charles Forster, the father of the American wooden toothpick industry, ensured toothpicks appeared in every restaurant, the toothpick has been an omnipresent, yet often overlooked part of our daily lives. Here, with an engineer's eye for detail and a poet's flair for language, Henry Petroski takes us on an incredible tour of this most interesting invention. Along the way, he peers inside today's surprisingly secretive toothpick-manufacturing industry, and explores a treasure trove of the toothpick's unintended uses and perils, from sandwiches to martinis and beyond. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Paraphernalia

Filename: paraphernalia.pdf
ISBN: 9781847652829
Release Date: 2011-06-09
Number of pages: 256
Author: Steven Connor
Publisher: Profile Books

Download and read online Paraphernalia in PDF and EPUB From keys and handkerchiefs to sweets and rubber bands, the curious objects we surround ourselves with, though often seemingly mundane, have a magical quality. Their surprising power to disturb, soothe, seduce or absorb give these quirky objects histories and meanings we rarely ponder. Yet we would be lost without them. Take bags, for example. Why do most women carry handbags, while men rely on pockets? Why do so many houses have bags of bags? And why do we 'let the cat out the bag' or 'give someone the sack'? What significance do our bags hold for us? In this highly imaginative and entertaining book, Steven Connor embarks on a historical, philosophical and linguistic journey that explores our relationships with the curious things with which we have a forgotten but daily intimacy.