The Toothpick

The Toothpick

Technology and Culture

Book - 2007
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Like The Pencil, Petroskis The Toothpick is a celebration of a humble yet elegant device. As old as mankind and as universal as eating, this useful and ubiquitous tool finally gets its due in this wide-ranging and compulsively readable book.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307266361
Branch Call Number: 674.88
Characteristics: xii, 443 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Apr 25, 2017

The technology of making toothpicks is pretty cool, but the chapters on the manners of toothpick use get a little repetitive.

Jan 28, 2014

The Toothpick: Technology and Culture by Henry Petroski. An interesting and intriguing title: imagine technology and the toothpick in the same book. I was intrigued. Intrigued enough to order up the book. Abut what a disappointment. After a quick perusal of the table of contents and a respectful read of the first chapter I just knew that I wouldn’t be able to deal with over 400 pages about toothpicks. A sample of the more riveting chapter titles: The Nasty Instrument; Trade Secrets and Closed Doors and Woodpeckers and Other Dispensers. This might hold your interest but its not enough for me. Sorry.


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