• To Engineer Is Human

  • The Role of Failure in Successful Design
  • By: Henry Petroski
  • Narrated by: Matthew Boston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-27-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

How did a simple design error cause one of the great disasters of the 1980s - the collapse of the walkways at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel? What made the graceful and innovative Tacoma Narrows Bridge twist apart in a mild wind in 1940?
How did an oversized waterlily inspire the magnificent Crystal Palace, the crowning achievement of Victorian architecture and engineering? These are some of the failures and successes that Henry Petroski, author of the acclaimed The Pencil, examines in this engaging, wonderfully literate book.
More than a series of fascinating case studies, To Engineer Is Human is a work that looks at our deepest notions of progress and perfection, tracing the fine connection between the quantifiable realm of science and the chaotic realities of everyday life.
©1992 Henry Petroski (P)2018 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Meiran Liu on 07-23-18

Good insights on the history of engineering

Mainly focusing on engineering incidents in the 20th century, the book narrates the history of engineering and technological considerations without using jargons. The insights given in the book can be applied to all fields alike. True stories are entertaining. Don’t expect very recent engineering achievements: the book was written in the 1980s! Narration is being done in brillant pace and tone. Highly recommend to all.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Angel on 06-18-18

Very useful insights

Shows how successes become failures and failure may become successes. A book I feel I will listen to for years to come.

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