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The Resource To engineer is human : the role of failure in successful design, Henry Petroski

To engineer is human : the role of failure in successful design, Henry Petroski

Label
To engineer is human : the role of failure in successful design
Title
To engineer is human
Title remainder
the role of failure in successful design
Statement of responsibility
Henry Petroski
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 innovating Tacoma Narrows Bridge twist apart in a mild wind in 1940? How did an oversize waterlily inspire the magnificent Crystal Palace, the crowning achievement of Victorian architecture and engineering? These are some of the failures and successes that Petroski examines in this book, 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.--From publisher description
Additional physical form
Also issued online.
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Petroski, Henry
Dewey number
620/.0042
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TA174
LC item number
.P474 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Engineering design
  • System failures (Engineering)
  • Engineering design
  • System failures (Engineering)
  • Architektur
  • Konstruktionsfehler
  • Technik
  • Architektur
  • Konstruktionsfehler
  • Technik
Label
To engineer is human : the role of failure in successful design, Henry Petroski
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1985
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-244) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Being human -- Falling down is part of growing up -- Lessons from play; lessons from life -- Engineering as hypothesis -- Success is foreseeing failure -- Design is getting from here to there -- Design as revision -- Accidents waiting to happen -- Safety in numbers -- When cracks become breakthroughs -- Of bus frames and knife blades -- Interlude: the success story of the Crystal Palace -- The ups and downs of bridges -- Forensic engineering and engineering fiction -- From slide rule to computer: forgetting how it used to be done -- Connoisseurs of chaos -- The limits of design -- Afterword
Control code
25009487
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st Vintage books ed.
Extent
ix, 251 pages
Isbn
9780679734161
Lccn
91050703
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)25009487
Label
To engineer is human : the role of failure in successful design, Henry Petroski
Publication
Note
Originally published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1985
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-244) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Being human -- Falling down is part of growing up -- Lessons from play; lessons from life -- Engineering as hypothesis -- Success is foreseeing failure -- Design is getting from here to there -- Design as revision -- Accidents waiting to happen -- Safety in numbers -- When cracks become breakthroughs -- Of bus frames and knife blades -- Interlude: the success story of the Crystal Palace -- The ups and downs of bridges -- Forensic engineering and engineering fiction -- From slide rule to computer: forgetting how it used to be done -- Connoisseurs of chaos -- The limits of design -- Afterword
Control code
25009487
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st Vintage books ed.
Extent
ix, 251 pages
Isbn
9780679734161
Lccn
91050703
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)25009487

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