To Engineer Is Human

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250228079
Release Date: 2018-10-16
Genre: Technology & Engineering

To Engineer is Human is a book by Henry Petroski, author of the acclaimed The Pencil.

To Engineer is Human

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: St Martins Press
ISBN: 9780312806804
Release Date: 1985
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Examines the process of the development of an engineering design and discusses the causes of the unsuccessful designs of engineering structures

To Forgive Design

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674065437
Release Date: 2012-04-13
Genre: Science

Argues that failures in structural engineering are not necessarily due to the physical design of the structures, but instead a misunderstanding of how cultural and socioeconomic constraints would affect the structures.

Invention by Design

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674463684
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Presents case studies of inventions by engineers, explaining how they resolve technical difficulties, and how they make their inventions socially acceptable and economically feasible

Design Paradigms

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521466490
Release Date: 1994-05-27
Genre: Art

From classical temples to twentieth century towers, engineers have learned more about design from failure than from success. The concept of error, according to the author of Design Paradigms, is central to the design process. As a way of explaining the enduring aspects of engineering design, Henry Petroski relates stories of some of the greatest engineering successes and failures of all time. These case studies, drawn from a wide range of times and places, from Ancient Greece and Rome to modern America, serve as paradigms of error and judgment in engineering design. By showing how errors were introduced in the design process and how they might be avoided, the book suggests how better quality and reliability might be achieved in designed devices, structures, and systems of all kinds. Clearly written, with striking illustrations, the book will appeal to engineering students, practicing engineers, historians of science and technology, and all those interested in learning about the process of design.

Pushing the Limits

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307427366
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Genre: Architecture

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 projects, like China’s Three Gorges Dam; our most embarrassing moments, like the wobbly Millennium Bridge in London; and our greatest failures, like the collapse of the twin towers on September 11. Throughout, Petroski provides fascinating and provocative insights into the world of technology with his trademark erudition and enthusiasm for the subject. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Beyond Engineering

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: St Martins Press
ISBN: 0312077858
Release Date: 1986-01-01
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Essays discuss libraries, art, computers, engineering students, time, books, reading, baseball cards, the federal budget, Christmas, and the metric system

Remaking the World

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307773203
Release Date: 2011-01-05
Genre: Technology & Engineering

This collection of informative and pleasurable essays by Henry Petroski elucidates the role of engineers in shaping our environment in countless ways, big and small. In Remaking the World Petroski gravitates this time, perhaps, toward the big: the English Channel tunnel, the Panama Canal, Hoover Dam, the QE2, and the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, now the tallest buildings in the world. He profiles Charles Steinmetz, the genius of the General Electric Company; Henry Martyn Robert, a military engineer who created Robert's Rules of Order; and James Nasmyth, the Scotsman whose machine tools helped shape nineteenth-century ocean and rail transportation. Petroski sifts through the fossils of technology for cautionary tales and remarkable twists of fortune, and reminds us that failure is often a necessary step on the path to new discoveries. He explains soil mechanics by way of a game of "rock, scissors, paper," and clarifies fundamental principles of engineering through the spokes of a Ferris wheel. Most of all, Henry Petroski continues to celebrate the men and women whose scrawls on the backs of envelopes have immeasurably improved our world. From the Hardcover edition.

Paperboy

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307427205
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Anyone wondering what sort of experience prepares one for a future as an engineer may be surprised to learn that it includes delivering newspapers. But as Henry Petroski recounts his youth in 1950s Queens, New York–a borough of handball games and inexplicably numbered streets–he winningly shows how his after-school job amounted to a prep course in practical engineering. Petroksi’s paper was The Long Island Press, whose headlines ran to COP SAVES OLD WOMAN FROM THUG and DiMAG SAYS BUMS CAN’T WIN SERIES. Folding it into a tube suitable for throwing was an exercise in post-Euclidean geometry. Maintaining a Schwinn revealed volumes about mechanics. Reading Paperboy, we also learn about the hazing rituals of its namesakes, the aesthetics of kitchen appliances, and the delicate art of penny-pitching. With gratifying reflections on these and other lessons of a bygone era–lessons about diligence, labor, and community-mindedness–Paperboy is a piece of Americana to cherish and reread. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Success Through Failure

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691122253
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Science

Contends that modeling engineering designs solely on past successes and ignoring past missteps is a path toward eventual failure.

The Pencil

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780307772435
Release Date: 2011-02-16
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Henry Petroski traces the origins of the pencil back to ancient Greece and Rome, writes factually and charmingly about its development over the centuries and around the world, and shows what the pencil can teach us about engineering and technology today. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Small Things Considered

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307427809
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Why has the durable paper shopping bag been largely replaced by its flimsy plastic counterpart? What circuitous chain of improvements led to such innovations as the automobile cup holder and the swiveling vegetable peeler? With the same relentless curiosity and lucid, witty prose he brought to his earlier books, Henry Petroski looks at some of our most familiar objects and reveals that they are, in fact, works in progress. For there can never be an end to the quest for the perfect design. To illustrate his thesis, Petroski tells the story of the paper drinking cup, which owes its popularity to the discovery that water glasses could carry germs. He pays tribute to the little plastic tripod that keeps pizza from sticking to the box and analyzes the numerical layouts of telephones and handheld calculators. Small Things Considered is Petroski at his most trenchant and provocative, casting his eye not only on everyday artifacts but on their users as well. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Biggest Engineering Failures

Author: Connie Colwell Miller
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 9781515799900
Release Date: 2018-01-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

The world is full of engineering marvels created by humankind. But when something goes wrong, the most amazing structure can become a horrific nightmare. Get the details of some of the most disastrous engineering failures in human history.

The Road Taken

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781632863614
Release Date: 2016-02-16
Genre: Political Science

Acclaimed engineer and historian Henry Petroski explores our core infrastructure from both historical and contemporary perspectives, explaining how essential their maintenance is to America's economic health. Petroski reveals the genesis of the many parts of America's highway system--our interstate numbering system, the centerline that divides roads, and such taken-for-granted objects as guardrails, stop signs, and traffic lights--all crucial to our national and local infrastructure. A compelling work of history, The Road Taken is also an urgent clarion call aimed at American citizens, politicians, and anyone with a vested interest in our economic well-being. Physical infrastructure in the United States is crumbling, and Petroski reveals the complex and challenging interplay between government and industry inherent in major infrastructure improvement. The road we take in the next decade toward rebuilding our aging infrastructure will in large part determine our future national prosperity.