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Invention by design : How engineers get from thought to thing

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass : Harvard University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What do economics and ecology, aesthetics and ethics, have to do with the shape of the paper clip or the tab of a beverage can? This work explores what everyday artifacts and sophisticated networks  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Petroski
ISBN: 0674463684 9780674463684
OCLC Number: 60163817
Description: 252 pages : 31 halftones, 63 line illustrations
Contents: Preface Introduction Paper Clips and Design Pencil Points and Analysis Zippers and Development Aluminum Cans and Failure Facsimile and Networks Airplanes and Computers Water and Society Bridges and Politics Buildings and Systems References and Further Reading Illustration Credits Index
Responsibility: Henry Petroski (Aleksander S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History, Duke University, USA).

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If in Invention by Design Henry Petroski doesn't quite endow engineers with all the nobility and cachet of the artist, he does make the products of their work--the beer cans from which we drink, the Read more...

 
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