To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure

To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure

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by Henry Petroski
     
 

When planes crash, bridges collapse, and automobile gas tanks explode, we are quick to blame poor design. But Petroski, known for his masterly explanations of engineering successes and failures, says we must look beyond design to the interdependency of people and machines within complex socioeconomic systems undreamt of by designers.See more details below

Overview

When planes crash, bridges collapse, and automobile gas tanks explode, we are quick to blame poor design. But Petroski, known for his masterly explanations of engineering successes and failures, says we must look beyond design to the interdependency of people and machines within complex socioeconomic systems undreamt of by designers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674065840
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/30/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
767,692
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Henry Petroski's previous books include To Engineer Is Human, which was developed into a BBC television documentary; The Pencil; The Evolution of Useful Things; and Engineers of Dreams. Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History at Duke University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 By Way of Concrete Examples 1

2 Things Happen 26

3 Designed to Fail 48

4 Mechanics of Failure 81

5 A Repeating Problem 107

6 The Old and the New 128

7 Searching for a Cause 150

8 The Obligation of an Engineer 175

9 Before, during, and after the Fall 199

10 Legal Matters 223

11 Back-Seat Designers 241

12 Houston, You Have a Problem 270

13 Without a Leg to Stand On 302

14 History and Failure 327

Notes 363

Illustrations 395

Index 397

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