To Engineer is Human

Indeed, this book is my answer to the questions 'What is engineering?' and 'What do engineers do?'" - Henry Petroski, To Engineer is Human

To Engineer is Human

To Engineer is Human

“Though ours is an age of high technology, the essence of what engineering is and what engineers do is not common knowledge. Even the most elementary of principles upon which great bridges, jumbo jets, or super computers are built are alien concepts to many. This is so in part because engineering as a human endeavor is not yet integrated into our culture and intellectual tradition. And while educators are currently wrestling with the problem of introducing technology into conventional academic curricula, thus better preparing today’s students for life in a world increasingly technological, there is as yet no consensus as to how technological literacy can best be achieved. " I believe, and I argue in this essay, that the ideas of engineering are in fact in our bones and part of our human nature and experience. Furthermore, I believe that an understanding and an appreciation of engineers and engineering can be gotten without an engineering or technical education. Thus I hope that the technologically uninitiated will come to read what I have written as an introduction to technology. Indeed, this book is my answer to the questions 'What is engineering?' and 'What do engineers do?'" - Henry Petroski, To Engineer is Human

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To Engineer is Human
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Henry Petroski
Categories: Technology & Engineering
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-10-16 - Publisher: St. Martin's Press

“Though ours is an age of high technology, the essence of what engineering is and what engineers do is not common knowledge. Even the most elementary of principles upon which great bridges, jumbo jets, or super computers are built are alien concepts to many. This is so in part because
Invention by Design
Language: en
Pages: 242
Authors: Henry Petroski
Categories: Technology & Engineering
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996 - Publisher: Harvard University Press

Presents case studies of inventions by engineers, explaining how they resolve technical difficulties, and how they make their inventions socially acceptable and economically feasible
Success Through Failure
Language: en
Pages: 235
Authors: Henry Petroski, Aleksandar S Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History Henry Petroski
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006 - Publisher: Princeton University Press

Contends that modeling engineering designs solely on past successes and ignoring past missteps is a path toward eventual failure.
The New Engineer
Language: en
Pages: 347
Authors: Sharon Beder
Categories: Technology & Engineering
Type: BOOK - Published: 1998 - Publisher: Macmillan Education AU

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The Essential Engineer
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Henry Petroski
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-02-23 - Publisher: Vintage

From the acclaimed author of The Pencil and To Engineer Is Human, The Essential Engineer is an eye-opening exploration of the ways in which science and engineering must work together to address our world’s most pressing issues, from dealing with climate change and the prevention of natural disasters to the

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