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Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance.

PETROSKI, Henry.

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ISBN 10: 0394574222 / ISBN 13: 9780394574226
Editorial: Knopf,, NY:, 1990
Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
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First edition. Fading to board edges, trace foxing on top edge, else very good in a near fine dust jacket. N° de ref. de la librería 64717

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Título: Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance...

Editorial: Knopf,, NY:

Año de publicación: 1990

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine

Edición: 1st Edition

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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.
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Like most other human artifacts, the common pencil, made and sold today by the millions, has a long and complex history. Henry Petroski, who combines a talent for fine writing with a deep knowledge of engineering and technological history, examines the story of the pencil, considering it not only as a thing in itself, but also as an exemplar of all things that are designed and manufactured.

Petroski ranges widely in time, discussing the writing technologies of antiquity. But his story really begins in the early modern period, when, in 1565, a Swiss naturalist first described the properties of the mineral that became known as graphite. Petroski traces the evolution of the pencil through the Industrial Revolution, when machine manufacture replaced earlier handwork. Along the way, he looks at some of pencil making's great innovators--including Henry David Thoreau, the famed writer, who worked in his father's pencil factory, inventing techniques for grinding graphite and experimenting with blends of lead, clay, and other ingredients to yield pencils of varying hardness and darkness. Petroski closes with a look at how pencils are made today--a still-imperfect technology that may yet evolve with new advances in materials and design. --Gregory McNamee

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