To Engineer is Human
The Role of Failure in Successful Design
By (author) Henry Petroski
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To Engineer is Human by Henry Petroski
Book DescriptionHow did a simple design error cause one of the great disasters of the 1980s - the collapse of the walkways at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel? What made the graceful and innovative Tacoma Narrows Bridge twist apart in a mild wind in 1940? How did an oversized waterlily inspire the magnificent Crystal Palace, the crowning achievement of Victorian architecture and engineering? These are some of the failures and successes that Henry Petroski, author of the acclaimed "The Pencil," examines in this engaging, wonderfully literate book. More than a series of fascinating case studies, "To Engineer is Human" is a work that looks at our deepest notions of progress and perfection, tracing the fine connection between the quantifiable realm of science and the chaotic realities of everyday life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780679734161
(202mm x 131mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 30-Apr-1992
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Henry Petroski
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An architectural whodunit that unlocks the secrets of a hand-built home.
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