One Good Turn

One Good Turn

A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw

Book - 2001 | First Touchstone edition
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the history of the screwdriver from a sketch in da Vinci's pad to a later patent and mass production.

Simon and Schuster
The Best Tool of the Millennium
The seeds of Rybczynski's elegant and illuminating new book were sown by The New York Times, whose editors asked him to write an essay identifying "the best tool of the millennium." The award-winning author of Home, A Clearing in the Distance, and Now I Sit Me Down, Rybczynski once built a house using only hand tools. His intimate knowledge of the toolbox -- both its contents and its history -- serves him beautifully on his quest.

One Good Turn is a story starring Archimedes, who invented the water screw and introduced the helix, and Leonardo, who sketched a machine for carving wood screws. It is a story of mechanical discovery and genius that takes readers from ancient Greece to car design in the age of American industry. Rybczynski writes an ode to the screw, without which there would be no telescope, no microscope -- in short, no enlightenment science. One of our finest cultural and architectural historians, Rybczynski renders a graceful, original, and engaging portrait of the tool that changed the course of civilization.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Touchstone Book, 2001
Edition: First Touchstone edition
ISBN: 9780684867304
Branch Call Number: 621.972 RYBCZYNS
Characteristics: 173 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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Sep 18, 2016

It would help to have few more pictures for those of us whose knowledge of tools is limited to a hammer and a screwdriver.


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