The Pencil : A History of Design and Circumstance

by HENRY PETROSKI | History |
ISBN: 0679734155 Global Overview for this book
Registered by bikewmn of La Mesa, California USA on 2/12/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by bikewmn from La Mesa, California USA on Saturday, February 12, 2005
A "spring cleaning my bookshelf" release.

Journal Entry 2 by vraciousrdr from Vista, California USA on Sunday, February 27, 2005
What a nice treat, received in a surprise box full of books. I'm going to bring it to our minimeetup this morning.

Journal Entry 3 by vraciousrdr at MaryZee in Taneytown, Maryland -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, February 27, 2005

Released 15 yrs ago (2/27/2005 UTC) at MaryZee in Taneytown, Maryland -- Controlled Releases

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sending off to MaryZee's obcz for some traveling

Journal Entry 4 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Monday, March 21, 2005
Received in a box from VraciousRdr for the OBCZ. Thanks!

Journal Entry 5 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Sunday, September 03, 2006
Finished reading this a few days ago. I've now read 2 books by Petroski - the other one was The Evolution of Useful Things. I may have preferred that one just a bit more over The Pencil - there was quite a variety of artifacts included there.

This book includes a lot of history, from the beginning of the discovery of plumbago (graphite)in England up to modern times and the creation of quite a variety of various types of pencils. Petroski's books seem to be written from the point-of-view of an engineer or inventor, which I find to be somewhat interesting, but perhaps not as much as some others might. I was interested to learn that HD Thoreau was a pencil manufacturer.

Lots of interesting info here, moreso than what you might expect for an artifact that we all take for granted every day. I don't think I'll ever look at a pencil quite the same way - I learned lots of interesting tidbits in this book.

This will be going into my "Books about Things" bookbox. Thanks for sharing, Bikewmn and VraciousRdr.

Journal Entry 6 by wingmaryzeewing at Books about Things bookbox in Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, September 05, 2006

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Putting into my "Books about Things" bookbox.

Journal Entry 7 by gomboggit from Baker City, Oregon USA on Wednesday, September 20, 2006
chosen from the Books About Things bookbox

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