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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

Though a little bit dated, this is an interesting discussion of how design and invention work. Rather than "form follows function," Petroski argues, form follows *failure* - specifically the failure ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

The blurbs are bad. One says 'delightful' - it certainly is not that. Neither mentions the author's thesis, which is that: Form does not follow function, it follows failure and fortune. I had to read ... Read full review

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User Review  - Garrison0550 - LibraryThing

It was a bit like eating toast with nothing on it. But it's easy to pick your battles with this book and read about the items that interest you and disregard those that don't. Read full review

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User Review  - melydia - LibraryThing

The main point this book makes is that "form follows function" is more accurately "form follows failure." From paperclips to silverware to fasteners, design evolves largely in response to how ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

The blurbs are bad. One says 'delightful' - it certainly is not that. Neither mentions the author's thesis, which is that: Form does not follow function, it follows failure and fortune. I had to read ... Read full review

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User Review  - bluepigeon - LibraryThing

So after reading 30 pages in the past 6 months, I gave up. Though the subject matter is interesting, the language is too dry and does not flow. The book reads like a bland academic text book minus the ... Read full review

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

While reading this very interesting examination of what principles and factors guide the evolution of tools and other man-made artifacts, I kept wondering what the author might have to say about the ... Read full review

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User Review  - MarthaJeanne - LibraryThing

On some of the issues it would be nice to have an update, but it is rare that a book on technology remains this readable after nearly 20 years. Read full review

THE EVOLUTION OF USEFUL THINGS

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The author of The Pencil (1989) enlarges his scope to encompass the history of a multitude of everyday objects, with dazzling—sometimes dizzying—results. Grant Petroski this: Few writers can grip ... Read full review

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User Review  - Razinha - LibraryThing

Interesting, but limited in scope. Good observations that very little is revolutionary...most is evolutionary. Read full review


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