9781400032938

Small Things Considered: Why There is No Perfect Design

ISBN 10: 1400032938 / 1-4000-3293-8
ISBN 13: 9781400032938
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:
Why has the durable paper shopping bag been largely replaced by its flimsy plastic counterpart? What circuitous chain of improvements led to such innovations as the automobile cup holder and the swiveling vegetable peeler? 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.

Review:
"Petroski has written about pencils and bookshelves as well as bridges and skyscrapers....[H]e writes clearly about complicated subjects, and provides lucid explanations and penetrating insights."

New York Review of Books, 06/09/2005

 

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