The pencil is just everyday debris a technology so common that we dont even think of it as technology and yet a tremendous amount of engineering imagination and hard work of thousands of people has gone into the simple humble wood case pencil such a simple technology that has played such an important role in art and science in . Pencil history the earliest forms of self expression did you know that modern pencils owe it all to an ancient roman writing instrument called a stylus scribes used this thin metal rod to leave a light but readable mark on papyrus an early form of paper other early styluses were made of lead which is what we sti. A film from the competitive enterprise institute adapted from the 1958 essay by leonard e read for more about i pencil visit http wwwipencilmovieorg. I pencil seemingly simple though i am offer the miracle of my creation as testimony that this is a practical faith as practical as the sun the rain a cedar tree the good earth afterword by milton friedman nobel laureate 1976
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