The Evolution of Useful Things

The Evolution of Useful Things

Book - 1994
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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.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1994.
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.
ISBN: 9780679740391
0679740392
Branch Call Number: 609/PETROSKI
Characteristics: xi, 288 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

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