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Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing
Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing
by Henry Petroski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.19

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, but certainly not 'dumb'., 6 Feb 2014
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Like many hopeful university applicants, I ordered this book simply so I could write about it on my Personal statement. To my surprise I was awed at what a treat this gem turned out to be. Petroski effortlessly manages to walk you through the thinking that goes into an object as humble as the simple paperclip, right the way through to citywide mass infrastructure and aerospace engineering.

The book is structured such that each chapter deals with an object/group of objects along with a certain facet of engineering (such as how the design of a bridge can be affected by societal/political views). Starting small the first chapter introduces us to the general thinking of an engineer, and the myriad factors that must be considered when designing even the simplest of devices.

The biggest thing that leapt out to me was that this book was actually fun! I WANTED to find out more about the history of the paperclip, I NEEDED to know all about the design considerations of the tin can and I simply HAD to see just why zippers came about in the first place. It's a rate treat indeed to be gripped by something so superficially dull, but many a night I found myself bleary eyed in the wee hours of the morning, soldiering on to the end of another fascinating chapter.

(As a side note it's worth mentioning that the majority of this book is pretty much maths free, so read in confidence numberphobes!)

Needless to say, I definitely recommend this to any and all, whether you've just a passing interest, or dead set on becoming the next Dyson.


Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)
Offered by Appods
Price: £27.48

5.0 out of 5 stars For the price it can't be beat, 20 Jan 2013
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This is a great little cooler, I got mine for around £20 and have since shaved around 20 degrees off my load temperatures, this is an absolute must if you're doing a moderate overclock on a budget. Installation was a little fiddly, but the instructions were very easy to understand and covered everything I needed to know.


Modelcraft Pin Vice Double Ended Swivel Top
Modelcraft Pin Vice Double Ended Swivel Top
Offered by tooltime uk ltd
Price: £4.73

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading picture, 1 Mar 2012
Very disappointed with this product, not due to it's quality, it's a very nice pin vice however it doesn't come with the drill bits pictured. A big pain for those who want to crack on with a project as soon as this product comes in the mail.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Sep 7, 2012 11:02 AM BST


Envirokidz Organic Gorilla Munch 283 g (Pack of 12)
Envirokidz Organic Gorilla Munch 283 g (Pack of 12)

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep calm, 24 Feb 2012
A fantastic product with great service, all in all very pleased with everything, kids love it too. It came in the mail the day after it was ordered, this drastically reduced the number of jimmies rustled in our household.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Feb 24, 2012 10:11 PM GMT


Crackdown 2 (Xbox 360)
Crackdown 2 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £12.11

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened, Agent?, 14 Jan 2011
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
Not much to say about this 'game' really, it's disappointing to say the least. There is no atmosphere to it, all the colour of the original has gone. Not only has this starved dog lost its sleek coat, but also its guts, the feeling of progress in this game is gone, there are no kingpins, no gang leaders, no sense of accomplishment. I could call this game the 'bare bones' of its predecessor but it isn't even that.

Do yourself a favour and stay away from this shameless, half hearted effort of a quick cash in.


LUPO USB Optical Mouse with Scroll Wheel
LUPO USB Optical Mouse with Scroll Wheel
Offered by LUPO STORE
Price: £7.50

4.0 out of 5 stars A nice little something, 30 Aug 2010
A nice little mouse, what's great about it is the scroll wheel and how durable the little thing actually is. Highly recommended for anyone with a laptop.


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