To Engineer Is Human

Perhaps I rate this too highly.Problem is I love technology and its issues and Petroski is one of my favorite writers on civil engineering. On the 50th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, May 27, 1987, almost 1,000,000 people showed up to celebrate and to walk across a bridge that was designed using the same basic technology as the infamous Tacoma Narrows bridge. Only about 250,000 were able to squeeze on the bridge, and fortunately...

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Pushing the Limits

Here are two dozen tales in the grand adventure of engineering from the Henry Petroski, who has been called America’s poet laureate of technology. Pushing the Limits celebrates some of the largest things we have created–bridges, dams, buildings--and provides a startling new vision of engineering’s past, its present, and its future. Along the way it highlights our greatest successes, like London’s Tower Bridge; our most ambitious...

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Invention by Design

Henry Petroski provides a holistic view of the invention process. Petroski does a decent job at acknowledging how complex the design and engineering process is, and why it is important to have a multidisciplinary approach. Petroski chooses nine different case studies to defend his thesis."Henry Petroski is an American civil engineering professor at Duke University where he specializes in failure analysis." To learn more about Henry...

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The Essential Engineer

From the acclaimed author of The Pencil and To Engineer Is Human, The Essential Engineer is an eye-opening exploration of the ways in which science and engineering must work together to address our world’s most pressing issues, from dealing with climate change and the prevention of natural disasters to the development of efficient automobiles and the search for renewable energy sources. While the scientist may identify...

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The Evolution of Useful Things

 How did the table fork acquire a fourth tine?What advantage does the Phillips-head screw have over its single-grooved predecessor? Why does the paper clip look the way it does? What makes Scotch tape Scotch? In this delightful book Henry, Petroski takes a microscopic look at artifacts that most of us count on but rarely contemplate, including such icons of the everyday as pins, Post-its, and fast-food "clamshell" containers.At the same...

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