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|Description||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 invative 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 tions of progress and perfection, tracing the fine connection between the quantifiable realm of science and the chaotic realities of everyday life.|
|Author Biography||Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. The author of more than a dozen previous books, he lives in Durham, North Carolina, and Arrowsic, Maine.|
|Publisher||Random House USA Inc|
|Date of Publication||30/04/1992|
|Subject||Engineering & Technology: Textbooks & Study Guides|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||95718599|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Country of Publication||United States|
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