By Witold Rybczynski
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2000
The top instrument of the Millennium
The seeds of Rybczynski's dependent and illuminating new ebook have been sown by means of The long island Times, whose editors requested him to write down an essay choosing "the most sensible device of the millennium." An award-winning writer who as soon as outfitted a home utilizing simply hand instruments, Rybczynski has intimate wisdom of the toolbox — either its contents and its background — which serves him superbly on his quest.
One strong Turn is a narrative starring Archimedes, who invented the water screw and brought the helix, and Leonardo, who sketched a computing device for carving wooden screws. it's a tale of mechanical discovery and genius that takes readers from historical Greece to vehicle layout within the age of yankee undefined. Rybczynski writes an ode to the screw, with no which there will be no telescope, no microscope — briefly, no enlightenment technology. one in all our most interesting cultural and architectural historians, Rybczynski renders a sleek, unique, and interesting portrait of the device that modified the process civilization.