Henry Petroski’s previous bestsellers have delighted readers with intriguing stories about the engineering marvels around us, from the lowly pencil to the soaring. In this book, Petroski delves deeper into the mystery of invention, to explore what come to expect from his books, Invention by Design reaffirms Petroski as the. INVENTION BY DESIGN: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing. User Review – Kirkus. A look at the engineering principles behind ordinary objects and .
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Thank you for using the catalog. Apr 12, David Dranchak rated it really liked it. Here, he’s after a different audience, one interested in the philosophy and cultural study of the process of invention. He also explains that how politics is the major factor in any engineering project.
Before beginning his bg at Duke inhe worked a Henry Petroski is a civil engineering professor at Cesign University where he specializes in failure analysis. Henry Petroski is an American engineer with wide-ranging historical and sociocultural interests. Little exercises that ask the reader to, say, imagine refinements to the basic plastic sandwich bag hint at this book’s history as an engineering course curriculum, but it’s still good reading for those interested in the gestalt of engineering design.
A History of Design and Circumstancewhich relates the history of the pencil to broader sociocultural themes. An interesting topic to explore, but found this to be too superficial. Related Links Read a New York Times essay by Henry Petroski—written on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy—on the conflict between optimal solutions what is technically possible?
Not Petrozki’s best work.
Henry Petroski is a civil engineering professor at Duke University where he specializes in failure analysis. Inventors and engineers are often thought to have the same attitude about their often remarkable technological achievements. A look at the engineering principles behind ordinary objects and processes by the author of the bestsellers The Evolution of Useful Things and The Pencil Mikkiiarora rated it it was ok May 21, Clark Limited preview – But Petroski also achieves the necessary depth whenever he explains in detail the principles and processes which lie behind existing and widely known products… [ Invention by Design ] does comprise an outstanding source of knowledge and inspiration as much about history as about ny approaches.
It felt like story time every time I picked up the book, but the story lacked princesses and princes. After that, he will begin a study of the complex interrelationships between engineering desgin culture. I invnetion remember where, but obviously it was over a year ago because that’s when I started reading this.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. What I found most refreshing, in contrast to the story of architecture, there aren’t “Heros” petfoski engineering. Henry Petroski provides a holistic view of the invention process. Ostensibly written for intelligent laypersons to give some understanding of how we got to the technological world in which we now live, it will petroeki be read and enjoyed as much or even more by engineering and product designers.
The author describe with fascination that how much scientific work has done for making even smaller things like paper clip to be of best design and they still lack perfection.
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Dec 02, Jed rated it it was ok. The reader is, as it were, trained to be an inquisitive designer. Petroski’s most recent book, Design Paradigms: Jul 13, Sylvia McIvers rated it liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving….
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Each vy these—along with the paper clip, pencil, zipper, fax machine, water-supply system, bridge and skyscraper—Petroski honors with a heavily illustrated chapter, each a glimpse into the workings of engineering design… [Petroski] tells a good story. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The following items were successfully added.
Dan rated it really liked it Jan 28, Make this your default list. How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing.
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Fell off my shelf while I was getting something else. You don’t have to be an engineer – just someone interested in how things get made. Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. What structural precautions need to be taken if a complete oil platform, whose length is greater than the height of the highest building in the world, is to be moved from a horizontal inventoon a vertical position?
Before beginning his work at Duke inhe worked at the University of Texas at Austin from and for the Vy National Laboratory from Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Scattered throughout the book are brief mental exercises in the shape of entertaining questions regarding designed details of the real world Why are ashtrays in aircraft glued shut? Petroski does a decent job at acknowledging how complex the design and engineering process is, and why it is important to have a multidisciplinary approach.
The Role of Failure in Successful Design, which is accessible to both engineers and general readers. Jul 13, Craig Cottingham rated it liked it.
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His nonsense books, mo …. One of the major themes that transcends his technical and nontechnical publications is the role of failure and its contribution to successful design. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal pertoski, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.
And who knew that paperclips are so complicated and varied.