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This review is from: Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing (Paperback)
After reading the first few lines I thought that this book would be appallingly dull and tedious, repeating itself and choosing to write about the most boring things the author could think of. But no. Petroski manages in the first chapter make the common office paperclip a fascinating artifact and leading us through how the designers and engineers have made the paperclip a near perfect design, how they have changed the design to make it more cheaper and how rivals have come up with their own solution to temporarily fastening paper together. The other chapters address a multitude of engineering challenges. A really interesting and enjoyable read, five stars, highly recommend.