Invention by Design: by Henry Petroski

Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to ThingReread. Fell off my shelf while I was getting something else.

Very readable overview of how some things – from pencil point & paperclips the pop-top soda can to computers and airplanes – were invented because someone was annoyed improved over something, spent time to do something about it – and then someone else decided that this new thing could be improved upon.

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