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The Resource The perfection of the paper clip : curious tales of invention, accidental genius, and stationery obsession, James Ward

The perfection of the paper clip : curious tales of invention, accidental genius, and stationery obsession, James Ward

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The perfection of the paper clip : curious tales of invention, accidental genius, and stationery obsession
Title
The perfection of the paper clip
Title remainder
curious tales of invention, accidental genius, and stationery obsession
Statement of responsibility
James Ward
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This wonderfully quirky book will change the way you look at your desk forever with stories of accidental genius, bitter rivalries, and an appreciation for everyday objects, like the humble but perfectly designed paper clip and the utilitarian, irreplaceable pencil. How many of humanity's brightest ideas started out on a scrap of paper, a Post-It, or in the margins of a notebook? In a delightfully witty and fresh voice, James Ward--cofounder of the Boring Conference and collector of the arcane--explores the secret histories of deskbound supplies, from pencils to fluorescent ink, and the gleaming reams of white paper we all take for granted, encouraging a deeper appreciation and fascination for the things that surround us each day. In the spirit of The Evolution of Useful Things and A History of the World in 100 Objects, Ward transforms the mundane into stories of invention, discovery, and even awe. The Perfection of the Paper Clip is a fascinating tour of the objects that touch our daily lives, filled with charming drawings, illuminating stories, and winning humor that will satisfy curious minds and armchair inventors"--
Summary
Stories of accidental genius, bitter rivalries, and an appreciation for everyday objects, like the humble but perfectly designed paper clip and the utilitarian, irreplaceable pencil. How many of humanity's brightest ideas started out on a scrap of paper, a Post-It, or in the margins of a notebook? James Ward--cofounder of the Boring Conference and collector of the arcane--explores the secret histories of deskbound supplies, from pencils to fluorescent ink, and the gleaming reams of white paper we all take for granted, encouraging a deeper appreciation and fascination for the things that surround us each day. In the spirit of The Evolution of Useful Things and A History of the World in 100 Objects, Ward transforms the mundane into stories of invention, discovery, and even awe. The Perfection of the Paper Clip is a fascinating tour of the objects that touch our daily lives, filled with charming drawings, illuminating stories, and winning humor that will satisfy curious minds and armchair inventors
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10415624
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DLC
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1981-
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Ward, James
Dewey number
651/.2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • New products
  • Office equipment and supplies
  • Inventors
  • REFERENCE / Trivia
  • REFERENCE / Curiosities & Wonders
  • HISTORY / Reference
  • Inventors
  • New products
  • Office equipment and supplies
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
curious tales of invention, accidental genius, and stationery obsession
Label
The perfection of the paper clip : curious tales of invention, accidental genius, and stationery obsession, James Ward
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-274) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1089403
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 285 pages
Isbn
9781476799865
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Lccn
2014047234
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781476799865
  • (OCoLC)883148314
Label
The perfection of the paper clip : curious tales of invention, accidental genius, and stationery obsession, James Ward
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-274) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1089403
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 285 pages
Isbn
9781476799865
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Lccn
2014047234
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781476799865
  • (OCoLC)883148314

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