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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

Author: Henry Petroski; 3M Company.
Publisher: New York : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Petroski; 3M Company.
ISBN: 9780307773050 0307773051
OCLC Number: 841332506
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: 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 products?suggesting that irritation, and not necessity, is the mother of invention. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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