Small Things Considered

Why There Is No Perfect Design

Small Things Considered

Why has the durable paper shopping bag been largely replaced by its flimsy plastic counterpart? What circuitous chain of improvements led to such innovations as the automobile cup holder and the swiveling vegetable peeler? With the same relentless curiosity and lucid, witty prose he brought to his earlier books, Henry Petroski looks at some of our most familiar objects and reveals that they are, in fact, works in progress. For there can never be an end to the quest for the perfect design. To illustrate his thesis, Petroski tells the story of the paper drinking cup, which owes its popularity to the discovery that water glasses could carry germs. He pays tribute to the little plastic tripod that keeps pizza from sticking to the box and analyzes the numerical layouts of telephones and handheld calculators. Small Things Considered is Petroski at his most trenchant and provocative, casting his eye not only on everyday artifacts but on their users as well. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Small Things Considered

The Finds from LH IIIB Pylos in Context

Small Things Considered

The Late Bronze Age center of Pylos on the Ano Englianos ridge in southwestern Messenia provides an excellent subject for the study of texts, artifacts, architecture and decorative program in conjunction with one another. A reexamination of the small finds from the original excavations by Blegen provides the basis for setting objects of bronze, ivory, bone and stone in their context and allows these materials to be more successfully evaluated as evidence for production, consumption, and use of space in the palace buildings. They also provide new means for assessing the importance of the upper story of the Main Building and its relationship to ground floor areas. Distinct deposits of ivory and bronze can now be isolated as fallen from the upper floor, and along with known motifs from the frescoes, reveal the high status of the upper floor and its possible special functions in the use of the building by different groups. On the ground floor among space for storage of commodities --- which over the course of the LH 1118 period increased until it began to encroach upon rooms formerly designed for human-centered activity --- the areas between the megaron and main propylon served as a place for the public and elite to interact, with the intended use of the space reinforced by a decorative program emphasizing communal feasting and symbols of elite power. The upper floor, on the other hand, held large quantities of imported items with high status associations, and was decorated with scenes linked to elite hunting ethos. The Northeastern Building appears to be an additional space for commodity storage, as well as a repair and work facility also closely connected to elite concerns and the immediate needs of the palace complex. There is little evidence to support its significance as a major industrial and economic contributor in the greater sphere of the Pylian polity. Its placement on the acropolis with the rest of the palace complex, topographically dominating over and isolated from the surrounding settlement, reinforces its status as a palatial installation concerned with the center’s own production and storage needs. The palace complex at the end of the LH 1118 period used such symbolic barriers in architecture and space, as well as by control of specific iconographic motifs and material goods, to emphasize its supreme placement at the head of the Messenian polity.

Microbe

Microbe

Brings the excitement, breadth, and power of the modern microbial sciences to the next generation of students and scientists. This new edition of Microbe is an eloquent and highly readable introduction to microbiology that will engage and excite science majors and pre-health professionals. The authors, all prominent scientists, have carefully crafted this lively narrative to bring key microbiology concepts to life and promote a lifelong passion for the microbial sciences. Far more than a comprehensive reference book, Microbe is replete with case studies, ranging from sauerkraut fermentation to the cholera outbreak in Haiti, that illustrate the impact of key microbiology concepts on real-world scenarios. To further engage students and deepen their understanding of both the principles and practice of science, each chapter includes multiple active learning exercises that encourage students to demonstrate their understanding and application of concepts, as well as video, spoken, and written resources. Questions are posed throughout the book to introduce the next key concept and to prompt students to actively participate in the learning experience. An equally valuable tool for instructors who teach a traditional lecture format and those who emphasize active learning in their classroom, Microbe integrates key concepts, learning outcomes, and fundamental statements directly from the ASM Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Microbiology Education.

Daily Grace for the Daily Grind

Daily Grace for the Daily Grind

Daily Grace for the Daily Grind is a daily devotional. It follows the calendar with respect to holidays, special days and seasons. It contains a Scripture Index and a Topic Index for those who wish to use it as a source for Bible Study or sermon material.

In the Company of Microbes

Ten Years of Small Things Considered

In the Company of Microbes

A look at the amazing, groovy world of microbes With more than 1,000 posts and 2 million views, the esteemed blog Small Things Considered has been sparking the imagination of microbiologists for an entire decade. Throughout the years, Elio Schaechter and his team of dedicated bloggers have shared exciting, unexpected, and unusual stories from the microbial world. In the Company of Microbes is a carefully selected treasure chest of wise, amusing, and even profound statements about the ubiquity and relevance of the microbial world. Schaechter, past ASM Presidents, and distinguished microbiologists from around the globe reflect on personal, sometimes historic interactions with microbes and unexpected discoveries, each essay conveying the excitement and sense of surprise that microbiology holds for them. This is the reason that Small Things Considered is a scientific and social media phenomenon that has impacted scientists at every stage of their careers and shared the magical of microbes with world. Join Schaechter in discovering a never-ending pageant of astounding variations on the theme of microbial life. Enjoy!

All Things Considered

All Things Considered

I cannot understand the people who take literature seriously; but I can love them, and I do. Out of my love I warn them to keep clear of this book. It is a collection of crude and shapeless papers upon current or rather flying subjects; and they must be published pretty much as they stand. They were written, as a rule, at the last moment; they were handed in the moment before it was too late, and I do not think that our commonwealth would have been shaken to its foundations if they had been handed in the moment after. They must go out now, with all their imperfections on their head, or rather on mine; for their vices are too vital to be improved with a blue pencil, or with anything I can think of, except dynamite. Aeterna Press

In Small Things Forgotten

An Archaeology of Early American Life

In Small Things Forgotten

History is recorded in many ways. According to author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully by studying the small things so often forgotten. Objects such as doorways, gravestones, musical instruments, and even shards of pottery fill in the cracks between large historical events and depict the intricacies of daily life. In his completely revised and expanded edition of In Small Things Forgotten, Deetz has added new sections that more fully acknowledge the presence of women and African Americans in Colonial America. New interpretations of archaeological finds detail how minorities influenced and were affected by the development of the Anglo-American tradition in the years following the settlers' arrival in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. Among Deetz's observations: Subtle changes in building long before the Revolutionary War hinted at the growing independence of the American colonies and their desire to be less like the British. Records of estate auctions show that many households in Colonial America contained only one chair--underscoring the patriarchal nature of the early American family. All other members of the household sat on stools or the floor. The excavation of a tiny community of freed slaves in Massachusetts reveals evidence of the transplantation of African culture to North America. Simultaneously a study of American life and an explanation of how American life is studied, In Small Things Forgotten, through the everyday details of ordinary living, colorfully depicts a world hundreds of years in the past.

Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things

This is part of a new series of guides to contemporary novels. The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years - from ‘The Remains of the Day' to ‘White Teeth'. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question.

All Things Considered

Can We Live Together

All Things Considered


The God of Small Things

A Novel of Social Commitment

The God of Small Things

The God Of Small Things, The International Best Seller By Arundhati Roy, Has Raised Numerous Questions. Is It A Piece Of Anti-Communist Propaganda? Does It Distort Social Reality? Is It A Cheap Imitation Of The Western Fashion In Novel? Does It Offer Nothing But Play With Words? The Present Book Examines The Novel Sociologically And Answers All These Questions Well.The Book Also Shows That The Novelist Cares For The Neglected In The Society Like Women, Children And Dalits And Even The Environment. She Conveys Messages So Relevant To Our Society And Our Age.