The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper



Henry Petroski, "The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are"
Publisher: Vintage | 1994 | ISBN: 0679740392 | File type: PDF | 304 pages | 14.2 mb

This surprising book may appear to be about the simple things of lifeforks, paper clips, zippersbut in fact it is a far-flung historical adventure on the evolution of common culture. To trace the fork's history, Duke University professor of civil engineering Henry Petroski travels from prehistoric times to Texas barbecue to Cardinal Richelieu to England's Industrial Revolution to the American Civil Warand beyond. Each item described offers a cultural history lesson, plus there's plenty of engineering detail for those so inclined.

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