The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance
Now in paperback, the fascinating, quirky, highly acclaimed book about that indispensable object, the pencil. Petroski traces its origins back to ancient Greece and Rome, writes factually and charmingly about its development, and shows what the pencil can teach us about engineering and technology today.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JBD1 - LibraryThing
This line gets overused, but this book really does have (just about) everything you could ever want to know about pencils. For me it began to drag after a while, but your mileage will vary; I ended up taking it a few chapters at a time while I read other things, and that worked better. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - NielsenGW - LibraryThing
I’m quite convinced that Henry Petroski could write about the engineering or manufacturing of anything and it would an order of magnitude better than expected. He’s authored books about bookshelves ... Read full review