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The pencil : a history of design and circumstance

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2010, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Petroski
ISBN: 9780307772435 0307772438
OCLC Number: 712789413
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: What we forget --
Of names, materials, and things --
Before the pencil --
Noting a new technology --
Of traditions and transitions --
Does one find or make a better pencil? --
Of old was and trade secrets --
In America --
An American pencil-making family --
When the best is not good enough --
From cottage industry to Bleistiftindustrie --
Mechanization in America --
World pencil war --
The importance of infrastructure --
Beyond perspective --
The point of it all --
Getting the point, and keeping it --
The business of engineering --
Competition, depression, and war --
Acknowledging technology --
The quest for perfection --
Retrospect and prospect --
Appendix A. From "How the pencil is made" / Koh-I-Noor Pencil Company --
Appendix B. A collection of pencils.
Responsibility: by Henry Petroski.

Abstract:

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.

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