07 November 2009

Small Things Considered

Henry Petrowski is professor of civil engineering and history at Duke University, North Carolina. He writes extensively on engineering and design in a populist manner which helps to explain academic and scientific matters to the average reader. And he does it very well. He has a fluent and easy style which reads like someone talking to you over drinks on a veranda on a hot sunny afternoon. His main argument in this, one of his many books on the subject, is that considerations of design affect even the small matters of everyday life. And I mean small. Nothing is too insignificant in the running of a normal house to escape his attention - thirty pages on a glass of water, a whole chapter on coffee cup holders in cars, or on the design of paper bags. There's even a chapter on the positioning of handles on doors... Read more >>


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