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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 productssuggesting that irritation, and not necessity, is the mother of invention.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Publish Date:||Feb 01, 1994|
|Number of Pages:||304|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.6|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||8.0 x 5.2 x 0.6|
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