Faux Real: Genuine Leather and 200 Years of Inspired Fakes

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Joseph Henry Press, 2007 - Science - 288 pages
"From formica, vinyl siding, and particle board to cubic zirconium, knockoff designer bags, and genetically altered food, inspired fakes of every description fly the polyester pennant of a brave new man-made world. Each represents an often passionate journey of scientific, technical, and entrepreneurial innovation. Faux Real explores this borderland of the almost-real, the ersatz, and the fake, illuminating a centuries-old culture war between the authentic and the imitative."--BOOK JACKET.

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Kanigel (science writing, MIT;The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan ) provides more than a mere history of leather making and the quest for an artificial replacement. He also ... Read full review

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Robert Kanigel teaches at MIT and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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