The Things We Make: The Unknown History of Invention from Cathedrals to Soda Cans Spiral-Bound | March 21, 2023

Bill Hammack

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From Stonehenge to microchips, discover the one simple method used to engineer the world as we know it

In this book, Bill Hammack, better known as The Engineer Guy, takes us on a whirlwind tour of how humans built the world we know today. From the grand stone arches of medieval cathedrals to the mundane modern soda can, Hammack explains the golden rule of thumb that underlies every new building technique, every technological advancement, and every creative solution that leads us one step closer to a better, more functional world. Perfect for readers of Adam Grant and Jared Diamond, this fascinating examination of the method that keeps pushing humanity forward is a spotlight on the achievements of the past and a celebration of the potential of our future.

Publisher: Sourcebooks
Original Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1728215757
Item Weight: 1.2 lbs
Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
Customer Reviews: 3 out of 5 stars 101 to 500 ratings
"Bill Hammack’s book is a fascinating journey about how engineers and inventors actually work and proves that everyone—engineers, scientists and even you and me—can create useful things by tinkering. A great book and enjoyable read." — Don Norman, engineer, designer, and bestselling author of The Design of Everyday Things and Design for a Better World

BILL HAMMACK is a professor of engineering at the University of Illinois and the host of the engineerguy Youtube channel. His work has received nine national awards from a diverse group of engineering, scientific, and journalistic societies. In 2019 he was the recipient of the prestigious Carl Sagan Award. He lives in Chicago with his family.