Search Results: "Henry Petroski"


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TO FORGIVE DESIGN by Henry Petroski
NON-FICTION
Released: March 30, 2012

"A learned inquisition into engineering failures, and how we often fail again by ignoring them."
Examination of the implications and consequences of engineering failures. Read full book review >

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THE TOOTHPICK by Henry Petroski
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 2007

"An educational and savory meal, overdone but still flavorful."
A comprehensive report on the ubiquitous wooden sliver's past, present and future, from the seasoned historian of life's indispensables. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 19, 1995

"Had he more simply explained the flaws and virtues of the various bridge designs, he would have succeeded not only in honoring engineers but also the science of engineering."
A great idea: The story behind the Brooklyn Bridge, Golden Gate, and a score of other marvels of late-19th and 20th century engineering genius. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"'We live in a world of imperfect things, just as we do in a world of imperfect fellow human beings.' But who'd have thought the genesis of those imperfect things would be so fascinating? (22 photographs)"
Forays taken with comfortable ease into the process of design—and the art of compromise—by someone who likes his engineering served on a bed of multiple variables. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Not his best effort, but pleasant, readable, and persuasive, nonetheless."
A look at the engineering principles behind ordinary objects and processes by the author of the bestsellers The Evolution of Useful Things (1992) and The Pencil (1989). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2004

"Rich pickings for architecture and engineering mavens. (29 illustrations)"
A survey of bridges, dams, and other innovative civil-engineering projects emblematic of mankind's ongoing compulsion to pit technological ingenuity against the seemingly impossible. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 13, 2010

"A sharp, succinct look at the importance of engineering and collaboration, by an expert in the field."
An accessible treatise on how engineers and scientists can work together to combat major world problems. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TAKEN by Henry Petroski
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Anyone with an interest in the way things work will want this book—and will doubtless emerge as a fan of the ever curious author."
Noted engineer and writer Petroski (Civil Engineering/Duke Univ.; To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure, 2012, etc.) gives readers a characteristically eye-opening look at America's infrastructure.Read full book review >

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PAPERBOY by Henry Petroski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 2, 2002

"The author concludes that 'Being an engineer is in fact a lot like being a paperboy,' and by the end, we're convinced as well that no metaphor for life is more apt than a paper route. (30 b&w photos throughout)"
An engineer (Civil Engineering and History/Duke) who has written about pencils, bridges, and other useful things casts a fond—and analytical—look back at his own 1950s youth and once again discovers mystery and magnificence in the mundane. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK ON THE BOOKSHELF by Henry Petroski
Released: Sept. 19, 1999

"The layperson or casual reader may struggle with Petroski's often dry prose, but librarians, bibliophiles, and engineers will find the effort worthwhile. (67 illustrations)"
Petroski does for the bookcase what he did for The Pencil (1990) and for bridges in Engineer of Dreams (1995): offers an elaborately detailed history of a common item as an artifact. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 17, 1997

"Petroski is a little petulant about the respect engineering gets (as from the executors of Alfred Nobel's bequest), but he's squandered an opportunity to propagate a real sense of the science and labor of builders and inventors. (22 illustrations, not seen)"
A disappointingly flat collection of musings on engineering history. Read full book review >

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THE EVOLUTION OF USEFUL THINGS by Henry Petroski
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 2, 1992

"A lively history of design that would have gained from acknowledging the great design motto that 'less is more.'"
The author of The Pencil (1989) enlarges his scope to encompass the history of a multitude of everyday objects, with dazzling—sometimes dizzying—results. Read full book review >