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The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance

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Publisher Comments:

Henry Petroski traces the origins of the pencil back to ancient Greece and Rome, writes factually and charmingly about its development over the centuries and around the world, and shows what the pencil can teach us about engineering and technology today.

Review:

"Very engaging and wonderfully informative....No reader of this book will ever be able to pick up a pencil again without marveling." Hilton Kramer, Newsday

Review:

"So engrossing that I read it through in one sitting....An utterly absorbing history." Martin Gardner, Raleigh News and Observer

Review:

"Beguiling...surprising, entertaining, informative. One could scarcely ask a book to be more!" Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Petroski argues his case with wry humor and an amplitude of anecdotage drawn from many centuries and continents....[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

Review:

"You will never feel the same about the pencil after you read this terrific book." Larry King, USA Today

Review:

"Petroski's delightful, elegant history of the lowly pencil is a mind-sharpener, a revelation....Petroski illuminates the intersection of engineering, history, economics and culture." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"This well-crafted survey is an appropriate purchase for academic and public libraries, since its contents are a straightforward contribution to the story of technology." Library Journal

Review:

"An incredibly rich and complex history of this entirely unremarkable instrument of communication....Many high school students, especially those with an interest in design, will enjoy this book." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

Traces the origins of the pencil back to Ancient Greece and Rome; shows us how it is made; tells the story of the pencil's most famous makers.

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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 eleven previous books, he lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679734154
Author:
Petroski, Henry
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Industrial Design - General
Subject:
Civil engineering
Subject:
Pencils
Subject:
Pencils -- History.
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Subject:
history;design;engineering;technology;pencil;non-fiction;science;writing;history of technology;invention;pencils;inventions
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk.ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
199
Publication Date:
November 1992
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ILL
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.21x5.25x1.15 in. 1.21 lbs.

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Product details 448 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780679734154 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Very engaging and wonderfully informative....No reader of this book will ever be able to pick up a pencil again without marveling."
"Review" by , "So engrossing that I read it through in one sitting....An utterly absorbing history."
"Review" by , "Beguiling...surprising, entertaining, informative. One could scarcely ask a book to be more!"
"Review" by , "Petroski argues his case with wry humor and an amplitude of anecdotage drawn from many centuries and continents....[A] book that will appeal to ordinary readers and yet seems destined as well to become a minor classic in academe."
"Review" by , "You will never feel the same about the pencil after you read this terrific book."
"Review" by , "Petroski's delightful, elegant history of the lowly pencil is a mind-sharpener, a revelation....Petroski illuminates the intersection of engineering, history, economics and culture."
"Review" by , "This well-crafted survey is an appropriate purchase for academic and public libraries, since its contents are a straightforward contribution to the story of technology."
"Review" by , "An incredibly rich and complex history of this entirely unremarkable instrument of communication....Many high school students, especially those with an interest in design, will enjoy this book."
"Synopsis" by , Traces the origins of the pencil back to Ancient Greece and Rome; shows us how it is made; tells the story of the pencil's most famous makers.
"Synopsis" by , US
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