To Engineer Is Human
The Role of Failure in Successful DesignBook - 1992
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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1992
Edition: First Vintage books edition
Branch Call Number: 620.0042 P4489T 1992
Characteristics: ix, 251 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm