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BookReview essay: One Good Turn
Abstract Itis rare to get a whole book talking about the history of a tool inits singularity. Witold`s book is one of the unique books thatcompile the history of screwdrivers. The writer offers a pleasantreading experience that anyone who loves reading would love to. OneGood Turn recounts Witold’s expansion gyre of ancient research and,in the process, reminds the reader that unusual stories occasionallylurk behind regular things. Rybczynskipicked the screwdriver as the tool of the millennium not due to histhought of it. He writes that it was because his spouse told him thatscrewdriver was the one tool that was kept around her always. Thefacts in the book spread from an end-millennium that is fascinated bymilestones and the essay is generally "The Best of theMillennium," a distinct issue of The New York Times. The authorexamined his toolbox of carpentry that gave its name to the startingchapter of the book. The squares, bevels and plumbs of Rybczynskicould all be tracked back the Egyptian and Roman measuring tools andwere hence too early to be the best outfits of the second millenniumof the current time. The author asserts that the brace had advancedlittle and did not actually meet the standards for the device of amillennium characterized by cultured technical progressions(Rybczynski,2000). Thebook highlights a superficial lexicographical devotion habituallypaid to the term screwdriver. The researcher narrates his researchinto the roots of the universal tool. Hence, it is a story of theresearch development. He argues that the screwdriveris barely poetic.He lets the reader to tag along as he turns detective. The authorpours over old books, museums, and manuscripts, and he follows up onnarrow leads. He further narrates that it is hard to imagine thateven an encouraged gunsmith or armorer, besides a village blacksmith,simply ensued on the screw by accident (Rybczynski,2000). Thereare various black-and-white line illustrations to assist invisualizing the items being conferred, in addition to a notessection, a decent index, and graphic credits. A good portion of thefiler in much fascinating, however, Rybczynski strived hard andstrolled far to come up enough words to fill this very thin book. Theauthor presents the development of various tools as well as machinesalongside the scientists and inventors sponsors that funded theexpansion of the screwdriver and the applications that help out inshaping the device (Rybczynski, 2000). His proposal that beingautomatically talented is as special as being inventively andmelodiously skilled is fascinating and perhaps right. The authorsheds much light on issues surrounding the Phillipsversus the Robertson screw, and the restrictions of former lathes,which steered the hand-making of the initial screws (Shayt,2001). Mr.Rybczynski moves pretty lithely from source to the source whilerecounting the development and earliest findings of the screwdriver.He asserts that screws were individually fabricated and extremelyexpensive to produce before the first industrial revolution.Thescrew according to Rybczynskigoes back, showing up in worthwhile custom for Archimedes in Greektimes as a way to raise water. The book is showered with thoroughdrawings and has a full appendix of tools in the black (Rybczynski,2000).According to Rybczynski, screwsplayed a lot of other significant roles, particularly in presses. Innormal circumstances, Rybczynski says screwdriver would bespontaneous. Lathes twisted out to be an imperative linked technologyfor making screws detailed and consistent. The chapter on lathes goesinto the significance of industrialization for their spread, and thediscovery initially the Robertson and then the Phillips headscrew. In his second chapter, Rybczynskistarts his search for the first screwdriver in the Oxford EnglishDictionary. He writes that it is in this dictionary that the initialentrance for the word screwdriver was credited to the Scotsman Peterin 1812. He finds the definition in the back of the book list quotingthat “Screw Driver: a tool used to turn screws into their places.”The author is motivated to get more about the screwdrivers since hesays that the author does not provide any illustration onscrewdrivers, he even argues that the name screwdriver does notappear anywhere else in the book. In several occasions, we see the attention of the writer changingfrom time to time. In the second chapter, the attention turns to theEncyclopedia of the French along with three entries on tournevisand proofs that by as early as 1723 the word existed in French(Rybczynski,2000).This is a clear indication that Rybczynskidid a thorough research for only a single tool. How he did not getbored on the way is what fascinates the reader. In general, the essaycommissioned for the issue of the New York Times Magazine. Thebook presents that the application of screws in metalwork thatRybczynskiled to the history of artillery and to the arquebus,which appeared in Europe in the mid-1400s. The arquebuswas the first shoulder-fired gun. In his findings from the standardreference book, Rybczynski gets that screw-attached matchlocksillustrated in artworks backdated to 1475 (Rybczynski,2013).The matchlocks were attached with screws to the stock of asixteenth-century arquebus.He then looks more intensively at the medieval armor. This issomething that many researchers have failed to do. Whereas rivets,pins and leather straps were initially applied to attach metalsections of armor (Shayt,2001).
Conclusion Thispaper gives a review on the book highlighting essential facts thatare presented in the book. Rybczynskipicked the screwdriver as the tool of the millennium not due to histhought of it. He writes that it was because his spouse told him thatscrewdriver was the one tool that was kept around her always. Thisis so interesting how one can be motivated by his wife to carry outsuch an intensive research that many scholars have avoided over theyears. It is clear that after looking into his toolbox. He is onlyinspired by his wife, and this sees him come up with a book that isvery essential across the world in the field of engineering. Thebook highlights a superficial lexicographical devotion habituallypaid to the term screwdriver. Thereare various black-and-white line illustrations to assist invisualizing the items being conferred, in addition to a notessection, a decent index, and graphic credits. There are variousblack-and-white line illustrations to assist in visualizing the itemsbeing conferred, in addition to a notes section, a decent index, andgraphic credits. The book presents the application of screws inmetalwork that Rybczynskiled to the history of artillery and to the arquebus,which appeared in Europe in the mid-1400s.
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