Here Comes “The Tinkerers”

Available January 2, 2013 from Basic Books.

“Once you acquire the tinkerer’s mindset, as described in Alec Foege’s engrossing book, the world becomes a gigantic spare parts bin, inviting you to become a creative participant, rather than a passive consumer, in your manufactured environment.”
—Mark Frauenfelder, Editor-in-Chief, MAKE

“Tired of all the over-hyped, same-sounding books on ‘innovation’? Here’s a smart, fresh, fascinating take on why ‘tinkering’ is such a deep part of American enterprise—and how it is fundamental to shaping our economic future.”
—Alan M. Webber, co-founder, Fast Company magazine

“For anyone who likes to question, pull things apart, and put them back together, this book is for you!”
—Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker & Founder of the Webby Awards

“Making and hacking is being completely obsessed with a puzzle that shares its solution with everyone once it’s solved. The Tinkerers explains that “Making” isn’t something you just “do,” it’s a mindset. You look at the same world as everyone else, filled with the same things, things that are assumed to do just one thing or what we’re told they should do—but you constantly ask yourself ‘what else can I make this thing do?’”
—Limor “Ladyada” Fried, Founder & Engineer, Adafruit Industries