|Review by mafe||posted 09-08-2011 03:08 PM||1563 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
One good turn
A natural history of the screwdriver & the screw.
By: Witold Rybczynski
This is a wonderful little book, the write set out to tell about the best tools of our millennium, and end up discovering and telling the history of the screw…
On this discovery we go back in time to the Romans, the Egyptians and we people like Leonardo and Archimedes all in a wonderful style of writing.
What is this book?
It is a serious documentation of the history of the screw, but told in a wonderful tone of humor and we are getting bombarded with fact about the inventions of the time, like lathes, braces and of course the screwdriver and the history about this tool that just seem so simple that it must have been there always we think.
The book can be read in an afternoon and has a few illustrations of old times to explain and document.
This is not a ‘how to’ book, it is a little poetic presentation of the history of the screw.
I found this book by accident on the local library, and am so happy it ended in the pile of books I brought home that day.
I give it five stars with no doubt.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.