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Henry Petroski looks at the pencil and cites it as a prime example of elegant design and engineering with much to say about the world of modern technology. He includes facts such as that a single pencil could draw a line 70 miles long, and that Hemingway and Steinbeck wrote novels in pencil.

The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance 1992, Knopf Publishing Group, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780679734154

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The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance 1990, Knopf Publishing Group, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780394574226

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The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance 1990, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571161829

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