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To engineer is human : the role of failure in successful design

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, ©1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Topics include airplane accidents, bridge collapses, and fatigue cracks. Case studies include the Hyatt Regency Hotel (Kansas City) skywalk, the Crystal Palace, the de Havilland Comet, and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Petroski
ISBN: 0312806809 9780312806804
OCLC Number: 11623617
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiii, 247 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Being Human --
Falling Down is Part of Growing up --
Lessons From Play; Lessons From Life Appendix: "The Deacon's Masterpiece," / Oliver Wendell Holmes --
Engineering as Hypothesis --
Success is Foreseeing Failure --
Design is Getting From Here to There --
Design as Revision --
Accidents Waiting to Happen --
Safety in Numbers --
When Cracks Become Breakthroughs --
Of Bus Frames and Knife Blades --
Interlude: The Success Story of the Crystal Palace --
The Ups and Downs of Bridges --
Forensic Engineering and Engineering Fiction --
From Slide Rule to Computer: Forgetting How it Used to be Done --
Connoisseurs of Chaos --
The Limits of Design --
Cartoons illustrating public concern over engineering failures --
Models of the ubiquitous cantilever beam --
The Brooklyn Bridge: Anticipating failure by the engineer and by the layman --
The Crystal Palace: Testing the galleries and finding them sound --
The Crystal Palace and two of its modern imitators --
Suspension bridges: The Tacoma Narrows and after --
The Kansas City Hyatt Regency walkways collapse --
The Mianus River Bridge collapse and its aftermath.
Responsibility: Henry Petroski.

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Topics include airplane accidents, bridge collapses, and fatigue cracks. Case studies include the Hyatt Regency Hotel (Kansas City) skywalk, the Crystal Palace, the de Havilland Comet, and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

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