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The evolution of useful things

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For armchair inventors or those who are curious about the way things work, this book offers hours of delight. Petroski (engineering, Duke Univ.) provides an intricate look, in lay reader's terms, at ... Read full review

Review: The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are.

User Review  - Patrick Pilz - Goodreads

An interesting timeless book about the mechanisms of innovation in general. The writing is a little complicated and stale and some of the storylines are a bit confusing. Read full review

Review: The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are.

User Review  - Anna Engel - Goodreads

I very much enjoyed the chapter about forks and other flatware. It was full of wonderful tidbits about the evolution of how we eat and handle our food. Unfortunately, the following chapters were more ... Read full review

Review: The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are.

User Review  - Sally - Goodreads

This book is a lot of fun. Although the theme has the potential to be quite dry, Petroski wraps it in details that fascinate. It is not heavily illustrated, but those which he uses serve the purpose ... Read full review

Review: The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are.

User Review  - Dee - Goodreads

If the topic interests you, this is not a bad book. I found some of the stories fascinating, such as the invention and refinement of the paper clip and the history of the fork. The author's thesis is ... Read full review

Review: The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are.

User Review  - William - Goodreads

Fascinating snippets of the evolution of useful things (see especially the development of the Big Mac wrapper as well as the soft drink can). For the most part, however, the narrative can sometimes drag a bit too slowly. Read full review

Review: The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are.

User Review  - Beth Barnett - Goodreads

The subject matter is definitely interesting, but the author's writing style is dry and not suitably engaging. I had to force myself to continue at times to get through boring sections. Read full review

Review: The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are.

User Review  - Carmen something - Goodreads

His later text is much better edited. I'm not saying that Engineers can't write or edit, I'm just saying that the 65 pages spent on knives, spoons, and forks was--oh, dare I?--bland. Read full review


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