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Small Things Considered: Why There Is No Perfect Design

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Small Things Considered: Why There Is No Perfect Design - Petroski, Henry
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Why has the durable paper shopping bag been largely replaced by its flimsy plastic counterpart? What circuitous chain of improvements led to such innovations as the automobile cup holder and the swiveling vegetable peeler? With the same relentless curiosity and lucid, witty prose he brought to his earlier books, Henry Petroski looks at some of our most familiar objects and reveals that they are, in fact, works in progress. For there can never be an end to the quest for the perfect design. To illustrate his thesis, Petroski ...

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Small Things Considered: Why There Is No Perfect Design 2004, Vintage, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9781400032938

Vintage Books edition

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Small Things Considered: Why There Is No Perfect Design 2003, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9781400040506

Hardcover