To Engineer Is Human

To Engineer Is Human The Role of Failure in Successful Design

1st Vintage Books Edition

Paperback (31 Mar 1992)

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Synopsis

How 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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780679734161
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Vintage Books
Pub date:
Edition: 1st Vintage Books Edition
DEWEY: 620.0042
DEWEY edition: 20
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 258g
Height: 147mm
Width: 213mm
Spine width: 15mm