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The Art of Tinkering Hardcover – February 4, 2014

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"The book showcases 150+ makers working at the intersection of art, science and technology and captures that infectious maker spirit I so deeply love. Inside you'll not only find profiles of important makers but also how you can start tinkering around and explore making things from soft circuits, wire art, puppets, mark-making machines, fused fashion and more." (Coquette)

"If you know someone who loves making or Maker Faire or the Exploratorium or just the delightful little moments of everyday life, make sure this book makes it into their hands. And don’t forget to top your gift with an LED and a 9v battery, so that your happy recipient can tinker right away with the conductive ink on the cover." (Make Magazine)

"What an incredible book! At every page, the "making" parts of my brain are activated and I'm compelled into the shop to try versions of the suggested projects. I wish, WISH that this book existed when I was young. Hell, I wish I had it when my kids were younger. A must-read for every maker!" (Adam Savage, "Mythbusters")

"I absolutely fell in love with all the geniuses in the Tinkering Studio. I may contract some of the them to build me a home inside the museum so I can I live there and learn forever!" (Reggie Watts, comedian)

About the Author

As codirectors of the Tinkering Studio, Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich see their roles at the Exploratorium as advocates for making as a way of knowing. They believe deeply in studio pedagogy and the ability that we all have to think with our hands, and are curious about how people develop personal and unique understandings of the world for themselves. As undergraduates, both attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where Mike studied fine arts, filmmaking, and photography and Karen focused on environmental design.

Before coming to the Exploratorium, they pursued graduate studies in education and technology at Harvard and MIT. Today, after more than twenty years working as a team to integrate science, art, and technology into curriculum for both in-school and out-of-school learning environments, they foster and facilitate informal learning spaces for making and tinkering, offering people a chance to connect to their own learning in a deeply personal way. They’ve worked with audiences as diverse as museum visitors, primary school students, Tibetan monks, prison inmates, and graduate school researchers, and are both happy to call the Tinkering Studio home, where they are able to work with a delightfully quirky group of artists, educators, and innovators.

The Exploratorium—San Francisco’s renowned museum of science, art, and human perception—is dedicated to changing the way the world learns. Within the Exploratorium, the Tinkering Studio is a workshop in which science and technology become powerful tools for personal expression, and where visitors gather to participate in hands-on, mind-expanding activities and demonstrations.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen; First Edition edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616286091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616286095
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Marte on March 23, 2014
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When I saw this book, I thought it was about, well, tinkering. Pages of projects to construct and tinker with--especially because you can use the cover and a 9 volt battery to light up an LED bulb. But that's not what it's about. It's a book about the Tinkering Studio in the Exploratorium, plus bios of a number of people who have created interesting "stuff" by tinkering. That bulb-lighting cover is the only thing the reader gets instructions for.

I think I'll probably donate it to our local public library. Nothing wrong with the book itself, it just wasn't what I thought I was buying.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By cz arts on February 17, 2014
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WoW! As a middle school art teacher looking to incorporate "STEM" into my classroom, this is the book for me. Profiles individuals that are learning by play. If you love the Exploratorium site on the internet, you will love this book. My students went crazy when I brought it to class!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By eaclark on February 5, 2014
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I picked up a copy of the Art of Tinkering while visiting the Exploratorium a few weeks back and am planning on ordering copies as gifts for my more tech savvy / artistic friends and family. The spreads are beautiful and the book is worth a read even if you aren’t a tinkerer, because the connection between technology and art is so cool! It’s amazing to see what these people can do with cardboard and and stuffed animals, I stand in jealous awe.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Shirley in OR on April 27, 2014
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This was not at all what I expected. I'd been waiting anxiously for it to arrive [which it arrived VERY quickly], then thumbed through it in maybe 10 minutes. Now I just have to decide who to donate it to . Maybe it was my expectations that were off, but I thought it was something more than just examples of some "tinkering" projects that one person or another had undertaken. There was really not much promotion of tinkering as a worthwhile undertaking by the reader.. or instructions or novel ideas.

I would have been totally disappointed in this if it had only cost $5!!

The best thing I can say is that in looking at the item in Amazon, I found a "Cool Tools" book that many people who bought this book also bought. Now that one is a pretty interesting book.

Thumbs down plus on this book from my point of view.
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I run a group for Destination Imagination and it has given me great ideas for summer projects for the kids. These are just the kind of crazy ideas that can feed the imagination and get the group thinking how to approach things in a different and creative way. I have also found many summer projects for my own children. I enjoyed the different takes on circuits as it has been something I have wanted to try out for a long time... regular circuits, dough circuits and soft circuits are something I would have never thought to do! There are a lot of amazing ideas to try and to build upon in this book. I am extremely happy with it and I have tons of flags marking pages of project ideas already!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sondra McClendon on February 19, 2014
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I have a soft spot for books like this. Its exactly the kind of thing I would pick-up as a kid to find, although its definitely more advanced than what I picked up in the 80s. This book was bought for our super creative daughter. She is taking full advantage of the conductive ink in the book's cover. This book is just too cool!

[EDIT] I just came across The Boy Electrician, which has lots of other electrical project ideas like a spark coil and crystal radio!
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I have spent more days than I care to count in supposedly creative brainstorms. The format often starts the same: some sort of statement of a big hairy challenge that we all must innovate around. Someone stands at the front of the room with marker in hand ready to capture ideas on a white board, which all those in the room either share half formed concepts or frantically read materials or research online in search of instant inspiration. If that sounds like a jaded description of brainstorms - it probably is. Yet is sadly reflects reality in far too many situations. For that reason, this gem of a book made my list of the most Influential Business Books of the year despite the fact that most of the people reading it would categorize it differently. In fact, I came upon it when seeking great resources to help teach my kids about tinkering and building. However the tinkering principles the book shares, such as "use familiar materials in unfamiliar ways" or "express ideas via construction," are perfectly applicable to the world of marketing. In fact, we don't hear them enough. The people selling products or services can too easily become divorced from the final product. We need to CHOOSE to get and keep our hands dirty, and the typical business world offers far too few chances to do that. And this is the most powerful effect of this book's philosophy, and the many ideas from all sorts of makers and creators that the book shares. Sometimes the best tool for creativity isn't a Sharpie on a Post-it note. Sometimes you just have to get your hands dirty and tinker.

NOTE - This book was recently selected for the 2014 Influential Business Book ShortList - a curated collection of the 15 best business books from the past year. The 15 finalists each year are chosen by best selling author and founder of IdeaPress Publishing Rohit Bhargava from hundreds of marketing and business books published over the past twelve months.
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