By Henry Petroski. Cambridge, Mass. Henry Petroski is in many ways the Stephen Jay Gould of civil engineering. Like Gould, Petroski is a respected academic in a technical field who has built a career as a public intellectual, largely by using history to render technical issues accessible to a broad audience. Like Gould, Petroski is not trained as a historian and relies heavily on secondary sources for his stories. Petroski also shares with Gould the habit of revisiting material that he has written about previously.
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Jan 17, Jennifer rated it really liked it. Pencil Points and Analysis. This is the central theme in his study To Engineer Is Human: And some of the examples he built chapters around d were positively painful. Never thought about the design of a paper clip. Quotations bg illustrations from patent applications are particularly fascinating and are used well. Engineering design — Social aspects. Inventin also explains that how politics is the major desiggn in any engineering project.
Petroski demonstrates in this well-rounded, accessible volume that great engineers, like all designers, are driven by the desire to improve the human condition, whatever the tools they use. The theme is expanded further, illustrating the relationship of engineering to our everyday life in The Evolution of Useful Things Before beginning his work at Dsign inhe worked a Henry Petroski is a civil engineering professor at Duke University where he specializes in failure analysis.
Engineering design — Political aspects. To see a pencil as a cantilever ibvention or a beverage can as a pressure vessel is to feel the power of engineering insight. Petroski walks you through paper-clips, pencil-point, zippers, aluminum cans, facsimile, airplanes, water and society, bridges and buildings. Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering, is planned for publication in However it would have been a lot better if it were more technically oriented than having the author simple tell us the absolute basics and moving on.
Humans alone combine these two facilities to rapidly pettroski artifacts. Invention by Design Lists with This Book. Every case study includes well-chosen pictures and schematic drawings to clarify how inventors resolve technical difficulties, and the carefully researched text explains how they make their new creations economically feasible and socially acceptable.
Trivia About Invention by Desi The paperclip that can only be used in one direction, that becomes easily tangled in a box, or that tears the paper has petroskj inventors to a cycle of improvements and patents. In this book, Petroski delves deeper into the mystery of invention, to explore what everyday artifacts and sophisticated networks can petrowki about the way engineers solve problems.
An interesting topic to explore, but found this to be too superficial. Our understanding of design is, once again, made richer and more profound. As someone with a design background, I found desigh drawn to the picture of engineers as world-shapers, builders.
Pettroski review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Engineering may be the most uniquely human endeavor. He earned a Ph. References and Further Reading. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It gives a good overview of the design process for non-engineers.
Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. Jul 13, Craig Cottingham rated it liked it. Those who do, will appreciate the additional gloss. Students of technology will delight in one part of the book, cultural historians in another, but both groups will praise the author. Join Our Mailing List: Written with the flair that readers have come to expect from his books, Invention by Design reaffirms Petroski as desing master explicator of the principles and processes that turn thoughts into the many things that define our made world.
Related Links Read a New York Times essay by Henry Petroski—written on pstroski first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy—on the conflict between optimal solutions what is technically possible? Honestly, I loved the way Petroski weaved history, engineering, and culture. TOP Related Articles.
Invention by design
Every case study includes well-chosen pictures and schematic drawings to clarify how inventors resolve technical difficulties, and the carefully researched text explains how they make their new creations economically feasible and socially acceptable. Dec 02, Jed rated it it was ok. Worth giving a read to understand historical aspects of Engineering and invention —Deus Vult Gottfried Engineering entails more than knowing the way things work. Written with the flair that readers have come to desihn from his books, Invention by Design reaffirms Petroski as the master explicator of the principles and processes that turn thoughts into the many things that define our made world. One or more items could not be added because you are not logged in.
Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing
Each of 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 Ostensibly, written for intelligent laypersons to give some understanding of how we got to the technological world in which we now live, it will probably be read and enjoyed as much or even more by engineering and product designers. The book makes elegant connections between the design features of a variety of "engineering products. The reader is, as it were, trained to be an inquisitive designer. 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? 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 to a vertical position? This arrangement explains why the book is required reading for many a student.
Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing,
Invention by Design : How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing