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He is the author of ten previousbooks. If you find the natural world exciting and enjoy reading about the wonders of our planet, you should try reading Henry A very light and fun design book for designers in just about any discipline.

Small Things Considered: Why There Is No Perfect Design

The historical accounts he gives of the smallest objects such as the the paper cup to the grocery bag illuminates the Henry Petroski. Henry Petroski, "America's poet laureate of technology" "Kirkus Reviews" -author of "The Pencil and The Evolution of Useful Things"-now gives us an entertaining and perceptive study of design in everyday life, while revealing the checkered pasts, and some possible futures, of familiar objects.

Chairs, lightbulbs, cup holders, toothbrushes, doorknobs, light switches, potato peelers, paper bags, duct tape-as ubiquitous as these may be, they are still works in progress. What circuitous chain of improvements led to such innovations as the automobile cup holder and the swiveling vegetable peeler?


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With the same relentless curiosity and lucid, witty prose he brought to his earlier books, Henry Petroski looks at some of our most familiar objects and reveals that they are, in fact, works in progress. For there can never be an end to the quest for the perfect design. To illustrate his thesis, Petroski tells the story of the paper drinking cup, which owes its popularity to the discovery that water glasses could carry germs.

He pays tribute to the little plastic tripod that keeps pizza from sticking to the box and analyzes the numerical layouts of telephones and handheld calculators. Small Things Considered is Petroski at his most trenchant and provocative, casting his eye not only on everyday artifacts but on their users as well.

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