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The tale of the scale : an odyssey of invention

Author: Solly Angel
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the mid-1980s, Solly Angel had a technological mini-vision. He saw in his mind's eye a quarter-inch thick personal scale weighing a pound - a travel scale - and he decided to make it a reality, to bring it to market. The Tale of the Scale is a rare first-person account of the process of invention and design as it unfolds in the remaking of the familiar bathroom scale. It is rare because inventors seldom have the
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Named Person: Solly Angel; Solly Angel; Solly Angel
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Solly Angel
ISBN: 0195158687 9780195158687
OCLC Number: 51983247
Description: 304 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1 Isn't There a Better Way? 1 --
2 What Is Wrong with the Machine? 10 --
3 Go West, Young Man! 21 --
4 The Enchanting Resume 27 --
5 Specify! Specify! 39 --
6 The Secret of the Lightweight Panel 44 --
7 A Single Organizing Principle 52 --
8 The Rush to Patent 59 --
9 Arriving at the Square 69 --
10 It's Beautiful, Now Make It Accurate 89 --
11 Beginner's Luck 99 --
12 Price Is the Object! 111 --
13 The License to Fail 125 --
14 Embracing the Critic 143 --
15 In Pursuit of a Business Deal 167 --
16 License It! 185 --
17 The Mismanagement of Product Development 205 --
18 A Scale Approved for Trade 228 --
19 The Effortlessness of Informed Design 237 --
20 The Company Motto Is "Light and Thin" 247 --
21 The Happy End Version of the Tale 266 --
22 Either Things Go According to Plan or There Is a Story 273.
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'The Tale of the Scale' is a travelogue spanning ten years of a housing-expert-turned-amateur-inventor who relentlessly pursues a simple ambition. The book teaches design and invention, two of the  Read more...

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