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Examines the pencil and the secret of its survival against today's competitors such as the pen, typewriter and today's state of the art computers
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"Very engaging and wonderfully informative.... The Pencil unfolds a history of invention, craftsmanship, engineering, manufacture and business that is also at times a history of cultural life on both sides of the Atlantic...No reader of this book will ever be able to pick up a pencil again without marveling."-- Hilton Kramer, Newsday "So engrossing that I read it through in one sitting... An utterly absorbing history -- Martin Gardner, Raleigh News and Observer "Beguiling...surprising, entertaining, informative. One could scarcely ask a book to be more!... using the story of the pencil as a paradigm, Petroski shows how the process of engineering unfolds and [how] the pencil is the end result of process that parallels those by which products of much greater sophistication -- computers, for example -- are invented designed manufactured and improved." -- Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World "A serious and charming history... Petroski argues his case with wry humor and an amplitude of anecdotage drawn from many centuries and continents. The Pencil is that great rarity, a book that will appeal to ordinary readers and yet seems destined as well to become a minor classic in academe." -- Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic "You will never feel the same about the pencil after you read this terrific book." -- Larry King, USA Today About the Author:
Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. The author of more than a dozen books, he lives in Durham, North Carolina, and Arrowsic, Maine.
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Book Description Knopf, 1990. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0394574222
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