Small Things Considered

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Vintage | Dec 18, 2007 | 304 Pages | ISBN 9780307427809

  • Paperback$16.95

    Vintage | Sep 14, 2004 | 306 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9781400032938

  • Ebook$14.99

    Vintage | Dec 18, 2007 | 304 Pages | ISBN 9780307427809

Praise

" A masterful expression of how design affects the civilized world." –Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Delightful. . . . A keen observer to the made world and how people live in it. . . . Small Things Considered provides all sorts of penetrating and broadly interesting insights into . . . the process of design.” --Scientific American

“He peers closely at some of the most common household objects and explains how they work–or don’t. . . . Whether he’s tracing the evolution of the Oral-B toothbrush or explaining why the fastest tollbooth is always the one on the right, Petroski clearly knows the designs of our times.” –Michael Dirda, INC. Magazine
“Henry Petroski has become the main emissary from the world of engineering to the rest of us. . . . He brings clarity and good sense to his subject, making the enigmatic world of things a little less mystifying.” –Austin American-Statesman

"Fascinating. . . . [Petroski] has combined a writer’s grace with an engineer’s insight to give us an engaging series of essays. . . . You’ll never again take a potato peeler for granted." –St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Craftily, [Petroski] combines an engineer’s insight and admiration for the way things are designed with a layman’s puzzlement." –Boston Herald

"An engaging read." –The Denver Post

"Fascinating. . . . Interesting and insightful observations. . . . Petroski will make any reader . . . more aware of the processes that lead to the variety of things that are all around us and how they came to be the way they are." –Science Books & Film

"[Petroski] shares with Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould, and Stephen Hawking a talent for taking his passion and making it accessible to those who lack his scientific background while being sufficiently observant and meticulous to keep it interesting for those who share it." –Civil Engineering

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