Petroski, Henry
December 1993
New Republic;12/6/93, Vol. 209 Issue 23, p11
Traces the history of the wood-case pencil. Implication of the Educational Testing Service's announcement that it will replace pencil and paper with computers; Comments on the discovery that pencil lead was actually a form of carbon; Involvement of writer Henry David Thoreau's family in the pencil business; Exhaustion of sources of graphite and red cedar, which are the raw materials for pencil.


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