One Good Turn Tpb

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Author: Witold Rybczynski

Publisher: Harper Perennial

ISBN: 9780006386032

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 180

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Why did Peter L. Robertson think he had the “biggest little invention of the twentieth century”?How did a quest to improve the precision of the screw result in Captain Cook’s voyages of discovery? And how did Witold Rybczynski discover the true origins of the screwdriver in an obscure15th-century tome known as the Medieval Housebook, despite historians’ claims that it had not been invented until three centuries later? In a narrative that reads like a satisfying detective story, Witold Rybczynski takes the humble screwdriver and turns it into an object of mystery, a seemingly simple tool that has driven its way into our history, politics, technology and even fashion. Along the way he introduces us to a cast of inventors, artisans, tool makers and factory owners whose ingenuity has helped to shape our most essential household tools. From the genius of Leonardo da Vinci to the ambitious marketing plans of Canadian Peter Robertson (critics agree that the Robertson screwdriver is still superior to the Phillips), One Good Turn is a book for all those who love tools and inventions, woodwork and metalwork, and who are curious to know more about the origins of our mechanical world. Written in Rybczynski’s trademark intelligent, fluid style, and backed by meticulous research, One Good Turn is infused with the author’s personal sense of discovery and enthusiasm for his subject.

The Look of Architecture

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Author: Witold Rybczynski

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195156331

Category: Architecture

Page: 130

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One of the nation's foremost experts on architecture discusses the role of style in the "language" of the discipline, and shows how Frank Gehry, Mies van der Rohe, Allan Greenberg, and others are influenced by it.

The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship

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Author: Henry Petroski

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393242056

Category: Architecture

Page: 384

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An architectural whodunit that unlocks the secrets of a hand-built home. When Henry Petroski and his wife Catherine bought a charming but modest six-decades-old island retreat in coastal Maine, Petroski couldn’t help but admire its unusual construction. An eminent expert on engineering, history, and design, he began wondering about the place’s origins and evolution: Who built it, and how? What needs, materials, technologies, historical developments, and laws shaped it? How had it fared through the years with its various inhabitants? Sleuthing around dimly lit closets, knotty-pine wall panels, and even a secret passage—but never removing so much as a nail—Petroski zooms in on the details but also steps back to examine the structure in the context of its time and place. Catherine Petroski’s beautiful photographs capture the clues and the atmosphere. A vibrant cast of neighbors and past residents—most notably the house’s masterful creator, an engineer-turned-“folk architect”—become key characters in the story. As the mystery unfolds, revealing an extraordinary house and its environs, this ode to loving design will leave readers enchanted and inspired.

Engines of the Imagination

Renaissance Culture and the Rise of the Machine

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Author: Jonathan Sawday

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134267924

Category: History

Page: 424

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At what point did machines and technology begin to have an impact on the cultural consciousness and imagination of Europe? How was this reflected through the art and literature of the time? Was technology a sign of the fall of humanity from its original state of innocence or a sign of human progress and mastery over the natural world? In his characteristically lucid and captivating style, Jonathan Sawday investigates these questions and more by engaging with the poetry, philosophy, art, and engineering of the period to find the lost world of the machine in the pre-industrial culture of the European Renaissance. The aesthetic and intellectual dimension of these machines appealed to familiar figures such as Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Montaigne, and Leonardo da Vinci as well as to a host of lesser known writers and artists in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This intellectual engagement with machines in the European Renaissance gave rise to new attitudes towards gender, work and labour, and even fostered the new sciences of artificial life and reason which would be pursued by figures such as Descartes, Hobbes, and Leibniz in the seventeenth century. Writers, philosophers and artists had mixed and often conflicting reactions to technology, reflecting a paradoxical attitude between modern progress and traditional values. Underpinning the enthusiastic creation of a machine-driven world, then, were stories of loss and catastrophe. These contradictory attitudes are part of the legacy of the European Renaissance, just as much as the plays of Shakespeare or the poetry of John Milton. And this historical legacy helps to explain many of our own attitudes towards the technology that surrounds us, sustains us, and sometimes perplexes us in the modern world.

Key Methods in Geography

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Author: Nicholas Clifford,Shaun French,Gill Valentine

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412935083

Category: Science

Page: 545

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Now in a new edition, Key Methods in Geography is an introduction to the principal methodological issues involved in the collection, analysis and presentation of geographical information. It is unique in the reference literature for providing an overview of qualitative and quantitative methods for human and physical geography. An accessible primer, it will be used by students as a reference throughout their degree, on all issues from research design to presentation. This new edition has been fully revised and updated and includes new chapters on internet mediated research, diaries as a research method, making observations and measurements in the field, and the analysis of natural systems. Organized into four sections: getting started in geographical research; generating and working with data in human geography; generating and working with data in physical geography; representing and interpreting geographical data; each chapter comprises: * a short definition * a summary of the principal arguments * a substantive 5,000-word discussion * use of real-life examples * annotated notes for further reading. The teaching of research methods is integral to all geography courses: Key Methods in Geography, 2nd Edition explains all of the key methods with which geography undergraduates must be conversant.

Teaching Multiwriting

Researching and Composing with Multiple Genres, Media, Disciplines, and Cultures

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Author: Robert L. Davis,Mark F Shadle

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809387654

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Formulaic ways to train students in composition and rhetoric are no longer effective, say authors Robert L. Davis and Mark F. Shadle. Scholar-teachers must instead reinvent the field from the inside. Teaching Multiwriting: Researching and Composing with Multiple Genres, Media, Disciplines, and Cultures presents just such a reinvention with multiwriting, an alternative, open approach to composition. Seeking to open the minds of both writers and readers to new understandings, the authors argue for the supplanting of the outdated research paper assignment with research projects that use multiple forms to explore questions that cannot be fully answered. This innovative volume, geared to composition teachers at all levels, includes sixteen helpful illustrations and provides classroom exercises and projects for each chapter.