In this book, Petroski delves deeper into the mystery of invention, to explore what everyday artifacts and sophisticated networks can reveal about the way engineers solve problems. Engineering entails more than knowing the way things work. What do economics and ecology, aesthetics and ethics, have to do with the shape of a paper clip, the tab of a beverage can, the cabin design of a turbojet, or the course of a river? How do the idiosyncrasies of individual engineers, companies, and communities leave their mark on projects from Velcro R to fax machines to waterworks? And those who inhabit the world of engineering will discover insights to challenge their customary perspective, whether their work involves failure analysis, systems design, or public relations.
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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. Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss.
Pertoski he moves to much complex things like bridges and airplanes. See 1 question about Invention by Design…. Another great thought book by Henry Petroski. Henry Petroski is an American engineer with wide-ranging historical and sociocultural interests. Nobody tells the story better than Petroski, with his meticulously researched case histories of objects that range from the small and ordinary to the large and complex.
What do economics and ecology, aesthetics and ethics, have to do with the shape of a paper clip, the tab of a beverage can, the cabin design of a turbojet, or the course of a river? Humans alone combine these two facilities to rapidly evolve artifacts. Invention by Design Honestly, I loved the way Petroski weaved history, engineering, and culture. Engineering comes into the context of political, social, economic context too.
Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering, is planned for publication in Invention by Design takes you through the exploration of engineering methods from paper c Invention by Design started out as a random book that I picked up at a used bookstore. In this book, Petroski delves deeper into the mystery of invention, to explore what everyday artifacts and sophisticated Mar 29, Lori Grant rated it it was amazing Shelves: Paper Clips and Design. My favorite chapter has been water and society.
The following items were successfully added. There was an error while adding the following items. Nov 03, Dino Keran rated it really liked it. Books by Henry Petroski. Nathan Pftroski rated it it was amazing Sep 15, Henry Petroski is an American engineer with wide-ranging historical and sociocultural interests. After that, he will begin a study of the complex interrelationships between engineering and culture.
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Henry Petroski Aleksandar S. Before coming to Duke in , he had taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Texas at Austin and was a group leader at Argonne National Laboratory, where he was responsible for research and development efforts in fracture mechanics. He is a professional engineer registered in Texas, and a chartered engineer registered in Ireland. At Duke, he has a secondary appointment as a professor of history. From through he held a Presidential appointment as a member of the U. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.
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 by Henry Petroski (Paperback, 1998)