The Evolution Of Useful Things Henry Petroski 1992
The Evolution Of Useful Things. Henry Petroski, Knopf, 1992.
The author explains how the interplay of social and technical factors affects the development and use of such things as plastic bags, fast-food packaging, push-button telephones, and other modern conveniences. Throughout the book familiar objects serve to illustrate the general principles behind the evolution of all products of invention and engineering.