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by Henry Petroski

Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Engineering and Transport
Author: Henry Petroski
ISBN: 0312806809
ISBN13: 978-0312806804
Language: English
Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1 edition (June 1, 1985)
Pages: 247
Fb2 eBook: 1956 kb
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To Engineer is Human is a masterfully written book by Henry Petroski in which he describes a wide variety of engineering .

To Engineer is Human is a masterfully written book by Henry Petroski in which he describes a wide variety of engineering failures. Petroski’s wordsmithing talent brings to life stories of structural disasters that captured headlines and created angst. I appreciated Chapter 8, in which Petroski described the July 17, 1981 failure of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency’s sky walk as people danced and the band played Satin Doll.

The moral of this book is that behind every great engineering success is a trail of often ignored (but frequently spectacular) engineering failures.

To Engineer Is Human book. For instance, Petroski proposes that the creative effort that goes into engineering design is akin to that which an artist pours into a painting, a statue, a novel

To Engineer Is Human book. For instance, Petroski proposes that the creative effort that goes into engineering design is akin to that which an artist pours into a painting, a statue, a novel. It's a nice sentiment, but it does little to support his efforts to explain the where and why and how of failure in engineering design.

Henry Petroski (February 6, 1942) is an American engineer specializing in failure analysis. A professor both of civil engineering and history at Duke University, he is also a prolific author. His first book was made into the film When Engineering Fails.

These are some of the failures and successes that Henry Petroski, author of the acclaimed The Pencil, examines in this engaging, wonderfully literate book

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. 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?

These are some of the failures and successes that Henry Petroski, author of the acclaimed "The Pencil," examines .

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.

To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design. Written by Donald Norman, this book isn't just about the design process but also about people and the way they use things. The Design of Everyday Things can change the way we think about the products we use, and about the part, we play in creating new products. 4. Engineering Fundamentals - An Introduction To Engineering.

To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure. To Engineer is Human covers some of the greatest engineering disasters in modern times such as the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse, the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Walkways collapse and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering.

Examines the process of the development of an engineering design and discusses the causes of the unsuccessful designs of engineering structures
Comments to eBook To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design
Lemana
This is an excellent study of how seemingly excellent designs can result in catastrophic failures. The explanations are clear and not so long as to be overwhelmingly. For any professional in the human factors and/or human engineering profession who deals in root cause and accident analyses, it should be a must. It does require some slow and careful reading by a non-engineer (like me) but still provides a clear picture of "how the heck could that have happened?" Actually, this is my second time to purchase this book; the second copy was a gift to a friend.
Cargahibe
The book by Henry Petroski taught me important notions: designs constantly evolve to structures bigger, more elegant, more efficient, more economical. And this innovation always involves risk because the changes carry with it conflicting demands of safety factors versus economic considerations. Failure must be anticipated and successful design owns more to failure than success. He correctly points out that failure is also linked to our humanness. His citation of George Santayana is a great final thought: "We must welcome the future, remembering tha soon it will be past; and we must respect the past, knowing that once it was all that was humanly possible."
Rasmus
As a high school mathematics teacher (50 years) with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and a master's degree in mathematics I have applied engineering principles to the art of teaching students. Petroski's book is most readable and enlightening. My wife, an artist and former English teacher, also enjoyed the book. I have given copies to students (including our granddaughter) considering engineering as a career, and to fellow teachers.
Peles
Every engineer needs to understand the thee of this book -- many do not. Non-engineers will be shocked and astonished at the role of failure in the design process.
Jaberini
I am not really sure how I came across this book. I think it was by following relevant links on Amazon. Anyway I bought this as well as The Evolution of Useful Things at the same time. I found this a very insightful reading in light of my occupation as a software engineer. Several of my coworkers recently had an email conversation regarding the quailty of software engineered products vs. "real" engineer's and their feats of construction, bridges, airplanes and buildings all things that Petroski covers in details.
Some additional thoughts on how structural engineering is different from Enterprise Application Software Engineering:
1. --In general software is unlimited, where as Structural Engineering has natural laws. Higher level Patterns are pretty constant, where as within the created construct of software they are reinvited (Object Patterns, EJB Patterns)
2. --structures have the added requirement of no death, where as Enterprise Software only has revenue associated with it, not as powerful a motivator as death.
3. --software is interactive with behavior, where as a bridge is a bridge
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anneli
Henry Petroski is a highly respected professor and author writing about the failures of bridges, buildings and similar civil engineering works. Engineering design is a noble profession. It brings us many great and useful technologies. But, engineering has its limits. Unfortunately, limits may be difficult to see in advance of catastrophic failure. This book reminds us that we must never stop improving our methods of design both from technological as well as human perspectives. It is a classic on engineering design and failure and every engineer should read it.
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fantastic book for fellow engineers or anybody really! interesting read.
Good book
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