Toothpick by Aleksandar S Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History Henry Petroski
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Toothpick
By Aleksandar S Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History Henry Petroski

The Toothpick

Technology and Culture


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Toothpick by Aleksandar S Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History Henry Petroski

Book Description

A celebration culture and technology, as seen through the history of the humble yet ubiquitous toothpick, from the best-selling author of "The Pencil." From ancient Rome, where emperor Nero made his entrance into a banquet hall with a silver toothpick in his mouth, to nineteenth-century Boston, where Charles Forster, the father of the American wooden toothpick industry, ensured toothpicks appeared in every restaurant, the toothpick has been an omnipresent, yet often overlooked part of our daily lives. Here, with an engineer's eye for detail and a poet's flair for language, Henry Petroski takes us on an incredible tour of this most interesting invention. Along the way, he peers inside today's surprisingly secretive toothpick-manufacturing industry, and explores a treasure trove of the toothpick's unintended uses and perils, from sandwiches to martinis and beyond.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780307279439
ISBN-10: 030727943X
Format: Paperback / softback
(204mm x 137mm x 23mm)
Pages: 443
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Aleksandar S Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History Henry Petroski

Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. The author of a dozen previous books, he lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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