66th out of 145 books — 194 voters
Clay: The History and Evolution of Humankind's Relationship with Earth's Most Primal Element
The clay beneath our feet is crucial to the computer and space industries, bio-technology, publishing, and a wide range of manufacturing processes. The potter's wheel was the very first machine. With the invention of pottery came cooking and storage vessels, ceramics, the discovery of alcoholic beverages, the oven, clay tablets for the first written communication, irrigati...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Berkley Hardcover
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Some interesting tidbits, but more of an annotated list than a conceptual essay. I learned some things and enjoyed reading it with my phone at hand to call up pictures of wonderful Jomon and Song Dynasty pottery and cob houses and other amazing uses of clay. I was hoping for sermon fodder, but this wasn't the right book for that.