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Clay: The History and Evolution of Humankind's Relationship with Earth's Most Primal Element

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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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Kerry Mueller
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.
Converse
Apr 01, 2010 Converse rated it liked it
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Focuses mainly on use of clay to make pottery, less so on building, writing, industry. Needs more illustrations, and also an index. Facts seemed garbled in a couple places
Joan
Nov 16, 2008 Joan rated it liked it
The writing style is dull, but interesting how many uses clay has had through pre-history and history.
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