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Alex Groce

Abstract: Henry Petroski's The Pencil is one of Henry Petroski's many, always both scholarly and literary, and, most importantly, always engaging, books on engineering theory, practice, and history. For the software engineer, the pencil has a special place; while software engineers are not, particularly more than anyone else, pencil- users these days, we do have a special emphasis on sketching and the development of engineering tools, and one major thread of Petroski's history of the art of pencil-making is the use of pencils as an essential tool for engineers.
Keywords: Henry Petroski's / software engineers / engineering tools / Petroski's history / major thread / pencil making

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