An Uncommon History of Common Things, Volume 2

An Uncommon History of Common Things, Volume 2

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Overview


This vivid, engrossing book reveals the fascinating stories behind the objects in your world, what you wear, what you eat, what entertains you, and more. Discover the history behind the world's tallest skyscrapers, find out when people first started drinking caffeine and why it wakes us up, and learn how GPS came to be. 
 
For those who loved the first installment of An Uncommon History of Common Things come even more short entries illustrated by full color photos. These incorporate quirky anecdotes about the history of everyday objects, including the personalities and pitfalls along the path to innovation and unusual facts behind things we frequently see and use. Smart, surprising, and informative, this book is the ultimate resource for history and trivia buffs alike. Dive into these entertaining pages and let your curiosity to run wild!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426219986
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication date: 04/02/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 77,075
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC is one of the world’s leading nonfiction publishers, proudly supporting the work of scientists, explorers, photographers, and authors, as well as publishing a diverse list of books that celebrate the world and all that is in it. National Geographic Books creates and distributes print and digital works that inspire, entertain, teach, and give readers access to a world of discovery and possibility on a wide range of nonfiction subjects from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving stories. A portion of all National Geographic proceeds is used to fund exploration, conservation, and education through ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society.

HENRY PETROSKI is a professor of engineering and of history at Duke University. He has written a number of books on the history of everyday objects, among them The Pencil, The Evolution of Useful Things, and The Book on the Bookshelf. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he lectures nationally and internationally on topics small and large.

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