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Rube Goldberg's marvelous machines

Rube Goldberg's marvelous machines

David Pescovitz writes: "Cartoonist Rube Goldberg's absurdly complex mechanisms for achieving easy results are so ingrained in popular culture that the artist/engineer's name appears in the dictionary as an adjective. A new book highlights his happy mutant approach to engineering.

In the midst of the Machine Age, Rube Goldberg poked fun at America's seeming obsession with "building a better mousetrap" through intricate diagrams of chain reactions employing gears, pulleys, shirt-eating moths, burning candles, canaries, and even opossums. A beautiful new hardcover collection of his strips, The Art of Rube Goldberg: (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius, hits shelves today..."

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