The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 16, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 448 pages
18 Reviews
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.


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Review: The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance

User Review  - John A. - Goodreads

The book was well researched and fairly interesting although it was slow going in spots. Read full review

Review: The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance

User Review  - Elizabeth Sims - Goodreads

Loved this book. For me, a writing-instrument nerd, it was nirvana. (I read it shortly after it first came out in 1989.) Read full review

Contents

What We Forget
3
Of Names Materials and Things
19
Before the Pencil
27
Noting a New Technology
45
Of Traditions and Transitions
53
Does One Find or Make
67
Of Old Ways and Trade Secrets
81
In America
88
The Importance of Infrastructure
197
Beyond Perspective
213
The Point of It
243
Getting the Point and Keeping
261
The Business of Engineering
275
Competition Depression and
289
Acknowledging Technology 299
380
104
405

An American PeneilMaking Family
129
From Cottage Industry
147
Bleistlfnndushie
157
World Pencil
183
Illustrations
408
126
417
254
426
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