George, a reader of Dave’s Mechanical Pencil blog and of Bleistift, has contacted me this morning and told me about an article Tim Harford wrote about the pencil. Not much later my wife contacted me about the same article. The article is part of the “50 Things That Made the Modern Economy” series.
In 2017 I was hoping that the pencil gets voted to be the “51st thing”. My blog post Vote for Pencil! might have added a few to the pencil, but in the end “credit cards” won.
Luckily Tim Harford, who made several ‘appearances’ on this blog in the past, has finally had a closer look at the pencil.
You can read his article Have we all underrated the humble pencil? on the BBC web site.
His podcast More or Less: Behind the Stats is available for free.