Design paradigms case histories of error and judgment in engineering

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design paradigms case histories of error and judgment in engineering

Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering by Henry Petroski

Henry Petroski is a prolific and talented writer, who turns case studies into gripping page turners.

I find myself interested in several books lately, and each happens (upon inspection) to have been written by Petroski. This coincidence was spurred when I found Design Paradigms outside an office, and took it home with me.

This book must not be passed up by anybody with an interest in design, and is a great starting place for people who want an introduction to a multitude of relatable and informative engineering concepts.

I adore this book!
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Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering

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Henry Petroski is an American engineer with wide-ranging historical and sociocultural interests. He earned a Ph. Petroski teaches traditional engineering subjects, as well as courses for nonengineering students, that place the field in a broad social context. One of the major themes that transcends his technical and nontechnical publications is the role of failure and its contribution to successful design. This theme is also incorporated into Petroski's The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance , which relates the history of the pencil to broader sociocultural themes. The theme is expanded further, illustrating the relationship of engineering to our everyday life in The Evolution of Useful Things Petroski's most recent book, Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering, is planned for publication in

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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. But it's nonetheless a very interesting book, which takes a number of fairly simple case studies of mostly structural engineering failure, and illustrates how they are examples of wider tendencies towards error. My personal favourites were examples from distant history, Galileo and Vitruvius, perhaps because they were less familiar than some of the more recent accounts of bridge collapse.

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.

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