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June 14, 2012

One Good Turn, A Natural History of the Screwdriver and Screw

A small book by Witold Rybczynski based on an article for The New York Times about the most important tool of the millenium 1000 to 2000 AD.

A friend lent me a copy which I read immediately, it is a short book and doesn’t take much time to get through.  I did have to check a few facts during the reading as is my want.  And I did notice a couple of minor mistakes.

But it is a good read and the author does make a case for the screwdriver [and the screw] was one of the greatest inventions of that time period.  I always thought the greatest invention was the off switch, but that doesn’t count as a tool.

The book is available on Amazon.



  1. Added to Amazon wish list! Thanks!

    Comment by Rob Young — June 14, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

  2. Yes and Double Yes! An excellent little book and a something everyone interested in the history of anything should read.

    Comment by Gary Roberts — June 14, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

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