Can't we invent better than this?
By Henry Petroski AMONG all the invented things on Earth, somehow the mousetrap has the distinction of representing them all. There has long been implicit agreement that existing mousetraps are wanting, and making a better one promises to bring the world to the inventor’s door. An endless succession of redesigned mousetraps, patented or not, have made it to the market. Is there no end to the reinvention of even so simple a thing? The answer is, decidedly, no. Every invention involves compromise,