House of Invention

House of Invention : The Secret Life of Everyday Products

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David Lindsay tours the typical home to examine the most taken-for-granted objects, and finds incredible stories behind everyday items. From the intercom, the letterbox, the microwave oven, pencils, ballpoint pens, sticky tape, and Post-its to the screw thread, the yo-yo, blue jeans, zippers, and even condoms, here are the fascinating stories of the quotidian objects whose history is little known.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 15.2mm | 185.98g
  • ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
  • The Lyons Press
  • Guilford, United States
  • English
  • b&w illustrations
  • 1585746258
  • 9781585746255

Back cover copy

Take a look around you - every little object and product in your home has its own story to tell, and here are the most fascinating. David Lindsay tours the typical American home to examine the most taken-for-granted objects, and finds incredible stories behind everyday items. From the intercom, the mailbox, the microwave oven, pencils, ballpoint pens, Scotch tape, and Post-its to the screw thread, the yo-yo, blue jeans, zippers, and even condoms, here are the fascinating stories of the quotidian objects whose history is little known.show more

Review quote

"An ideal introduction to the world of inventors and their inventions." - Booklist "Lindsay's writing is excellent and often delightfully humorous." - Library Journalshow more

About David Lindsay

David Lindsay is the author of Madness in the Making and The Patent Files: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Invention. He lives in New York City.show more

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4 35% (7)
3 45% (9)
2 15% (3)
1 0% (0)
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