The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are

by HENRY PETROSKI | History |
ISBN: 0679740392 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSqNutZipswing of Silver Spring, Maryland USA on 8/14/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSqNutZipswing from Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Sunday, August 14, 2016
Intersting and informative. The evolution of things used in everyday life from forks, pins, paperclips and zippers to Post-it notes and "clamshell" food containers.

Journal Entry 2 by wingSqNutZipswing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Sunday, August 14, 2016

Released 4 yrs ago (8/14/2016 UTC) at Silver Spring, Maryland USA

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Mary Zee who founded this book box.


Journal Entry 3 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Sunday, August 14, 2016
Received from Zippy for the book box.

Journal Entry 4 by wing6of8wing at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Maryland USA on Friday, January 20, 2017

Released 4 yrs ago (1/20/2017 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Maryland USA

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Journal Entry 5 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Taking from the Biographies of Things bookbox. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 6 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Though some parts were more interesting than others (depending on the item being discussed, and my personal interests), in general this was a great book which made me think about how the common things we use came to be as they now are. What powers the evolution of items from the first idea, through several modifications, to the present-day product? Is this evolution based more on function or form? The author mostly supports the idea that inventions come about due to a failure of the previous incarnation in terms of function. But he also gives examples of when aesthetics (form) seem to take precedence. I’ll never use an everyday object again without wondering about how it came to be.

Some of the most interesting topics were paper clips (with which he begins the book), silverware/eating utensils, and – a more recent invention – plastic garbage bags. The book was published in 1992 and is thus a bit dated, but even back then there were problems with the form and function of plastic bags, pre-dating today’s current issue with the plastic itself.

Journal Entry 7 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (5/11/2021 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA

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On its way to innae via wishlist-tag. Thanks for your patience!

Journal Entry 8 by innae at Aurora, Colorado USA on Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Yay for the wishlist game! Thank you - i have had this on my wishlist for a long time :-)

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