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One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw is a book published in 2000 by Canadian architect, professor and writer Witold Rybczynski. This article is about the year 2000. ... The Parthenon on top of the Acropolis, Athens, Greece Architecture (from Latin, architectura and ultimately from Greek, αρχιτεκτων, a master builder, from αρχι- chief, leader and τεκτων, builder, carpenter) is the art and science of designing buildings and structures. ... A professor giving a lecture The meaning of the word professor (Latin: one who claims publicly to be an expert) varies. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Witold Rybczynski (born in 1943, in Edinburgh, Scotland), is a Canadian architect, professor and writer. ...


One Good Turn was a surprise bestseller, given its prosaic subject matter: the screwdriver and the screw. A basic screwdriver (slotted tip shown) A screwdriver is a device specifically designed to insert and tighten, or to loosen and remove, screws. ... Screws come in a variety of shapes and sizes for different purposes. ...


The idea for the book came in 1999 when an editor at The New York Times Magazine asked Rybczynski to write a short essay on the best and most useful common tool of the previous 1000 years. Rybczynski took the assignment, but as he researched the history of the items in his workshop — hammers and saws, levels and planes — he found that most dated well back into antiquity. At the point of giving up, he asked his wife for ideas. She answered: "You always need a screwdriver for something." 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... Editing is the process of preparing language, images, or sound for presentation through correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... An essay is a short work of writing that treats a topic from an authors personal point of view. ... A claw hammer For other uses, see Hammer (disambiguation). ... Portable saw A saw is a tool for cutting wood or other material, consisting of a serrated blade (a blade with the cutting edge dentated or toothed) and worked either by hand or by steam, water, electric or other power. ... A spirit level is an instrument designed to indicate whether a surface is level. ... A Japanese plane in use A plane is a tool for shaping wood. ... Ancient history is the study of significant cultural and political events from the beginning of human history until the Early Middle Ages. ...


Rybczynski discovered that the screwdriver is a relatively new addition to the toolbox, an invention of the Late Middle Ages in Europe and the only major mechanical device not independently invented by the Chinese. Leonardo da Vinci was there at the start, designing a number of screw-cutting machines with interchangeable gears. Nevertheless, it took generations for the screw (and with it, the screwdriver and lathe) to come into general use, and it was not until modern times that improvements such as slotted screws came into being. Rybczynski spends some time discussing the underrated Canadian invention, the Robertson screwdriver. An invention an object, patent, process, or technique which displays an element of novelty. ... Dante by Michelino The Late Middle Ages is a term used by historians to describe European history in the period of the 14th and 15th centuries (1300–1500 A.D.). The Late Middle Ages were preceded by the High Middle Ages, and followed by the Early Modern era (Renaissance). ... European redirects here. ... Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15,1452 to May 2, 1519) was an Italian polymath: architect, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, inventor, mathematician, musician, and painter. ... Conventional metalworking lathe In woodturning, metalworking, metal spinning, and glassworking, a lathe is a machine tool which spins a block of material so that when abrasive, cutting, or deformation tools are applied to the block, it can be shaped to produce an object which has rotational symmetry about an axis... Robertson screwdrivers A Robertson screwdriver is a type of screwdriver with a square-shaped tip with a slight taper (in the same way that flatheads, Phillips, Allen, and Torx have flat, ×-shaped, hexagonal, and hexagrammal tips, respectively). ...


Source

  • Rybczynski, Witold, One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw, Harper Flamingo Canada, Toronto, 2000, ISBN 0-00-200031-8

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One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw is a book published in 2000 by Canadian architect, professor and writer Witold Rybczynski.
One Good Turn was a surprise bestseller, given its prosaic subject matter: the screwdriver and the screw.
Rybczynski, Witold, One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw, Harper Flamingo Canada, Toronto, 2000, ISBN 0002000318
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