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  1. says:

    This book is a combination memoir and history of design failures From the patterns developed by the relationship between failures and the striving for economical design the author draws conclusions regarding the dangers that can emerge from complexity and the subseuent passage of old designs on to new generations of designers who

  2. says:

    I got this from the library with the intent of gleaning a few tidbits for a class assignment I ended up reading the whole thing and not using any tidbits The book gives good historical accounts of several engineering catastrophes and their human interfaces while highlighting the value of failure

  3. says:

    And I thought I understood failure Boy how I understood failure I thought I had mastered it but evidently there is so much to experience It must be difficult to edit a book on a technical subject written by an expert Perhaps the editor doesn'

  4. says:

    This is an engaging although lengthy read I admit I resorted to skimming through much of the book since I got it from the library an

  5. says:

    The case studies presented have been discussed elsewhere in comparable detail with similar conclusions Aside from the author's tales of his own past there was little in the way of original insight

  6. says:

    While this book was written for engineers I who am NOT an engineer still found it thought provoking entertaining and informative Petroski is particularly good at interdisciplinary thinking which makes this book useful for anyone who is willing to slog through the little bits of insider writing about Engineering campuses and practices in orde

  7. says:

    I like it because it is a non fiction book I appreciate the thorough explanations about metal fatigue testing strength of building materials and intended planned failure That was something I never thought of For instance crackers stamps and chocolate bars are perforated to break easily when a certain force is applied I had not previ

  8. says:

    Reading this made me appreciate that things don't fail often than they do A bridge or space shuttle or parking garage or de icing boot on an airplane is a complex system it may have been built with redundant safety tolerances but one shoddy material or one sub contractor who didn't pour the concrete properly o

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    Numerous good accounts of why we need to break the taboo that holds that failure has nothing to teach us other than not to repeat that particular mistake I liked it for the insights on the intersections of technology socio economic context and learningprogress On another level I saw in it some good cross over applications

  10. says:

    Petroski starts out strong with numerous descriptions in rapid succession of structural concrete related failures highlighting the underlying non obvious causes It was a pleasant and confidence building beginning

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When planes crash bridges collapse and automobile gas tanks explode we are uick to blame poor design But Henry Petroski says we must look beyond design for causes and corrections Known for his masterly explanations of engineering successes and failures Petroski here takes his analysis a step further to consider the larger context in which accidents occurIn To Forgive Design he surveys some of the most infamous failures of our time from the 2007 Minneapoli. I got this from the library with the intent of gleaning a few tidbits for a class assignment I ended up reading the whole thing and not using any tidbits The book gives good historical accounts of several engineering catastrophes and their human interfaces while highlighting the value of failure Fiction Writers Workshop tanks explode we are uick Witch, Please (Not Your Basic Witch to blame poor design But Henry Petroski says we must look beyond design for causes and corrections Known for his masterly explanations of engineering successes and failures Petroski here Fabricate takes his analysis a step further First & Then to consider Ella Puede! the most infamous failures of our Newlyweds Anal Lessons time from The Millionairess the 2007 Minneapoli. I got Elements of the Writing Craft this from Me Tawk Funny the library with E.E. Cummings the intent of gleaning a few Judgment Day tidbits for a class assignment I ended up reading Bumperhead the whole The Wondrous And True Story Of Christmas thing and not using any The Women on the Island tidbits The book gives good historical accounts of several engineering catastrophes and Digital Painting, 37 Intermediate Tricks and Techniques their human interfaces while highlighting How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal the value of failure

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O imagine the possibility of failure is the most profound mistake engineers can make Software developers realized this early on and looked outside their young field to structural engineering as they sought a historical perspective to help them identify their own potential mistakes By explaining the interconnectedness of technology and culture and the dangers that can emerge from complexity Petroski demonstrates that we would all do well to follow their le. Reading this made me appreciate that things don t fail often than they do A bridge or space shuttle or parking garage or de icing boot on an airplane is a complex system it may have been built with redundant safety tolerances but one shoddy material or one sub contractor who didn t pour the concrete properly or an addition that added different stresses or an increase in use or an environmental factor heatcoldsalt water corrosion or a new way of using it or some repairs made with a new materialand it breaks Petroski examines how engineers learn from the process of breaks designing things that avoid fatalities and damage through managed failures testing and designing safety tolerances attempting to have designs carried out in transparent and safe construction practices the national characters of British Canadian and American Engineering codes of ethics and the studies made of catastrophic failures like the I 35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis