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True enough. And, Rybczynski discovered, the screwdriver is a relative newcomer in humankind's arsenal of gadgetry, an invention of the late European Middle Ages and the only major mechanical device that the Chinese did not independently invent. Leonardo da Vinci got to it early on, of course, as he did so many other things, designing a number of screw-cutting machines with interchangeable gears. Still, it took generations for the screw (and with it the screwdriver and lathe) to come into general use, and it was not until the modern era that such improvements as slotted and socket screws came into being.
Rybczynski's explorations into that lineage, here expanded to book length, are highly entertaining, and sure to engage readers interested in the origins of everyday things. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A good book on an overlooked subject, but incomplete. It goes into the history of the screw, and screwdrivers, but leaves out it's relatives, the bolts and nuts, taps, and a good... Read morePublished 7 months ago by o. migillicuddy
A well written quick reading book, One Good Turn is as much a detective story as a history. The author describes his search for the origins of the common screwdriver and the screw... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Branson
I bought this as a gift and have not read it myself. Dad said it explained far more about the history of tools than he'd expected, and he was enthusiastic about the book.Published 9 months ago by Ellyn Ritterskamp
Withold Rybczynski: One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw. I can't give it enough praise. Read more
If you are an engineer or simply someone who is fascinated by the stories behind the everyday things in life, then you will enjoy this book.Published 20 months ago by Craig E. Dupler
This is simply a wonderful book, very well researched and entertaining to read. If you know anyone interested in technical things, science, and/or social history get them this... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jim
Overall it reads sleepily. However I did enjoy the second half of the book more, it just takes a long time for the author to cut to the chase. Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by Zaylor