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To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design

  • Author:Henry Petroski
  • Publisher:Vintage
  • Category:Book
  • List Price: $15.95
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  • Sales Rank:13,976
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Pages:272
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.6
  • Dimensions (in):5.2 x 0.6 x 8
  • Publication Date:March 31, 1992
  • MPN:9780679734161
  • ISBN:0679734163
  • EAN:9780679734161
  • ASIN:0679734163
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To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design, by Petroski, Henry
Amazon.com Review
The moral of this book is that behind every great engineering success is a trail of often ignored (but frequently spectacular) engineering failures. Petroski covers many of the best known examples of well-intentioned but ultimately failed design in action -- the galloping Tacoma Narrows Bridge (which you've probably seen tossing cars willy-nilly in the famous black-and-white footage), the collapse of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel walkways -- and many lesser known but equally informative examples. The line of reasoning Petroski develops in this book were later formalized into his quasi-Darwinian model of technological evolution in The Evolution of Useful Things, but this book is arguably the more illuminating -- and defintely the more enjoyable -- of these two titles. Highly recommended.

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