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One Good Turn A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw

ISBN-10: 0684867303

ISBN-13: 9780684867304

Edition: 2001 (Reprint)

Authors: Witold Rybczynski

List price: $14.00
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The Best Tool of the Millennium The seeds of Rybczynski's elegant and illuminating new book were sown byThe New York Times,whose editors asked him to write an essay identifying "the best tool of the millennium." An award-winning author who once built a house using only hand tools, Rybczynski has intimate knowledge of the toolbox -- both its contents and its history -- which serves him beautifully on his quest. One Good Turnis a story starring Archimedes, who invented the water screw and introduced the helix, and Leonardo, who sketched a machine for carving wood screws. It is a story of mechanical discovery and genius that takes readers from ancient Greece to car design in the age of American industry. Rybczynski writes an ode to the screw, without which there would be no telescope, no microscope -- in short, no enlightenment science. One of our finest cultural and architectural historians, Rybczynski renders a graceful, original, and engaging portrait of the tool that changed the course of civilization.
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 9/11/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Witold Rybczynskihas written about architecture forThe New York Times, Time, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, andSlate, and is the author of the critically acclaimed bookHomeand the award-winningA Clearing in the Distance. He is the recipient of the National Building Museum's 2007 Vincent Scully Prize. He lives with his wife in Philadelphia, where he teaches at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

The Carpenter's Toolbox
Turnscrews
Lock, Stock, and Barrel
The Biggest Little Invention
Delicate Adjustments
Mechanical Bent
Father of the Screw
Glossary of Tools
Acknowledgments
Notes
Text Illustration Sources
Index