"Tools: Extending Our Reach" by The Cooper Hewitt Museum
"Tools" celebrates the richness of the human imagination through a remarkable range of objects. From the earliest times, tools have been at the frontier of design, demonstrating how technology and culture are inextricably linked. Consider, for example, that hand axes remained the dominant tool for 1.5 million years before any significant change was made to the human toolkit. The design of our basic tools--hammers, saws, screwdrivers, drills--has remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years, indicating not only their continuity of need, but also the effectiveness of their design solutions. Other tools highlight the technologies and scientific breakthroughs that have opened new worlds to us.
Through lush images and authoritative essays, "Tools" shows the triumph of scientists, designers, historians, anthropologists, engineers and artists through design-thinking and problem-solving, Tools explores the world of design ideas while celebrating human ingenuity across cultures and over time.
Hardcover, 270 pages