The Evolution of useful things: How everyday artifacts from forks and pins to paper clips and zippers came to be as they are


Format: Dead Trees

Source: Public Library

Rating: 3.5


“Everything around me is artificial, repurposed things from nature.”

“Nearly always when a new feature appears it has earned its place by defeating an older one.”

This book is not the most riveting read.  It does, however, give insights into designs of things we now take for granted.  Discussing silverware, paper clips, and many other daily used items Petroski talks of their evolution.  For some of the items, he may have original patent illustrations or old photos.  I think this book would be interesting for anyone who enjoys design, engineering, or just the history of forgettable things.


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