From Library Journal
- Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, N.J.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
With a paperclip on the cover, one might think the book covers the inventing of small or obscure things. While this is an interesting concept, it is not the author's focus. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JMack
I found this an extremely interesting read for being a twenty year old book. Most of the objects that are talked about are timeless, still in widespread use today. Read morePublished 2 months ago by robobarr
I work in patent law, and have two engineering degrees as well. He had a golden opportunity to dazzle. Instead, he completely missed the boat! Read morePublished 11 months ago by doug anderson
This book held my interest from the first page to the last. I like the logical yet sensible way the author develops his theme (in my opinion) - that there really is no such thing... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I got this for my budding inventor, 12 yo nephew. He loved it, plus another boy his age wants a copy. They are high skilled readers, admittedly, but it's not just for engineers.Published on April 2, 2013 by Rita
Although much of this contains great info and history behind such everyday items as the paper clip or the fax machine, I found it far too wordy on each subject. Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by Brian Maitland
Petroski has been a favorite author for many years. 'The Evolution of Useful Things' repeats a familiar Petroski theme: behind even the simplest of mass-produced products is a... Read morePublished on November 14, 2010 by Jeffrey L. Blackwell