The Pencil

Filename: the-pencil.pdf
ISBN: 9780307772435
Release Date: 2011-02-16
Number of pages: 448
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Knopf

Download and read online The Pencil in PDF and EPUB Henry Petroski traces the origins of the pencil back to ancient Greece and Rome, writes factually and charmingly about its development over the centuries and around the world, and shows what the pencil can teach us about engineering and technology today. From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Pencil

Filename: the-pencil.pdf
ISBN: 9780307772435
Release Date: 2011-02-16
Number of pages: 448
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Knopf

Download and read online The Pencil in PDF and EPUB Henry Petroski traces the origins of the pencil back to ancient Greece and Rome, writes factually and charmingly about its development over the centuries and around the world, and shows what the pencil can teach us about engineering and technology today. From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Pencil

Filename: the-pencil.pdf
ISBN: 9780679734154
Release Date: 1992
Number of pages: 434
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

Download and read online The Pencil in PDF and EPUB Analyzes the common pencil, citing it as an example of engineering excellence, looks at its origins and the history of its production, and provides reasons for its survival into the computer age


The Road Taken

Filename: the-road-taken.pdf
ISBN: 9781632863614
Release Date: 2016-02-16
Number of pages: 336
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

Download and read online The Road Taken in PDF and EPUB Acclaimed engineer and historian Henry Petroski explores our core infrastructure from both historical and contemporary perspectives, explaining how essential their maintenance is to America's economic health. Petroski reveals the genesis of the many parts of America's highway system--our interstate numbering system, the centerline that divides roads, and such taken-for-granted objects as guardrails, stop signs, and traffic lights--all crucial to our national and local infrastructure. A compelling work of history, The Road Taken is also an urgent clarion call aimed at American citizens, politicians, and anyone with a vested interest in our economic well-being. Physical infrastructure in the United States is crumbling, and Petroski reveals the complex and challenging interplay between government and industry inherent in major infrastructure improvement. The road we take in the next decade toward rebuilding our aging infrastructure will in large part determine our future national prosperity.


Invention by Design

Filename: invention-by-design.pdf
ISBN: 0674463684
Release Date: 1996
Number of pages: 242
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Harvard University Press

Download and read online Invention by Design in PDF and EPUB 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

Filename: success-through-failure.pdf
ISBN: 0691122253
Release Date: 2006
Number of pages: 235
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Download and read online Success Through Failure in PDF and EPUB Contends that modeling engineering designs solely on past successes and ignoring past missteps is a path toward eventual failure.


Design Paradigms

Filename: design-paradigms.pdf
ISBN: 0521466490
Release Date: 1994-05-27
Number of pages: 209
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online Design Paradigms in PDF and EPUB From classical temples to twentieth century towers, engineers have learned more about design from failure than from success. The concept of error, according to the author of Design Paradigms, is central to the design process. As a way of explaining the enduring aspects of engineering design, Henry Petroski relates stories of some of the greatest engineering successes and failures of all time. These case studies, drawn from a wide range of times and places, from Ancient Greece and Rome to modern America, serve as paradigms of error and judgment in engineering design. By showing how errors were introduced in the design process and how they might be avoided, the book suggests how better quality and reliability might be achieved in designed devices, structures, and systems of all kinds. Clearly written, with striking illustrations, the book will appeal to engineering students, practicing engineers, historians of science and technology, and all those interested in learning about the process of design.


Engineers of Dreams

Filename: engineers-of-dreams.pdf
ISBN: UOM:39015037855064
Release Date: 1995
Number of pages: 479
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Download and read online Engineers of Dreams in PDF and EPUB A history of the great nineteenth- and twentieth-century bridges and the engineers that built them covers James Eads and the Mississippi River bridge, Othman Ammann and the George Washington bridge, and others. 35,000 first printing. Tour.


The Book on the Bookshelf

Filename: the-book-on-the-bookshelf.pdf
ISBN: 9780307773289
Release Date: 2010-12-01
Number of pages: 304
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Vintage

Download and read online The Book on the Bookshelf in PDF and EPUB From the author of the highly praised The Pencil and The Evolution of Useful Things comes another captivating history of the seemingly mundane: the book and its storage. Most of us take for granted that our books are vertical on our shelves with the spines facing out, but Henry Petroski, inveterately curious engineer, didn't. As a result, readers are guided along the astonishing evolution from papyrus scrolls boxed at Alexandria to upright books shelved at the Library of Congress. Unimpeachably researched, enviably written, and charmed with anecdotes from Seneca to Samuel Pepys to a nineteenth-century bibliophile who had to climb over his books to get into bed, The Book on the Bookshelf is indispensable for anyone who loves books. From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Toothpick

Filename: the-toothpick.pdf
ISBN: 0307492001
Release Date: 2008-11-26
Number of pages: 464
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Vintage

Download and read online The Toothpick in PDF and EPUB A celebration culture and technology, as seen through the history of the humble yet ubiquitous toothpick, from the best-selling author of The Pencil. From ancient Rome, where emperor Nero made his entrance into a banquet hall with a silver toothpick in his mouth, to nineteenth-century Boston, where Charles Forster, the father of the American wooden toothpick industry, ensured toothpicks appeared in every restaurant, the toothpick has been an omnipresent, yet often overlooked part of our daily lives. Here, with an engineer's eye for detail and a poet's flair for language, Henry Petroski takes us on an incredible tour of this most interesting invention. Along the way, he peers inside today's surprisingly secretive toothpick-manufacturing industry, and explores a treasure trove of the toothpick's unintended uses and perils, from sandwiches to martinis and beyond. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Small Things Considered

Filename: small-things-considered.pdf
ISBN: 9780307427809
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Number of pages: 304
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Vintage

Download and read online Small Things Considered in PDF and EPUB Why has the durable paper shopping bag been largely replaced by its flimsy plastic counterpart? What circuitous chain of improvements led to such innovations as the automobile cup holder and the swiveling vegetable peeler? With the same relentless curiosity and lucid, witty prose he brought to his earlier books, Henry Petroski looks at some of our most familiar objects and reveals that they are, in fact, works in progress. For there can never be an end to the quest for the perfect design. To illustrate his thesis, Petroski tells the story of the paper drinking cup, which owes its popularity to the discovery that water glasses could carry germs. He pays tribute to the little plastic tripod that keeps pizza from sticking to the box and analyzes the numerical layouts of telephones and handheld calculators. Small Things Considered is Petroski at his most trenchant and provocative, casting his eye not only on everyday artifacts but on their users as well. From the Trade Paperback edition.


To Engineer is Human

Filename: to-engineer-is-human.pdf
ISBN: 0312806809
Release Date: 1985
Number of pages: 247
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: St Martins Press

Download and read online To Engineer is Human in PDF and EPUB Examines the process of the development of an engineering design and discusses the causes of the unsuccessful designs of engineering structures


The Evolution of Useful Things

Filename: the-evolution-of-useful-things.pdf
ISBN: 9780307773050
Release Date: 2010-12-01
Number of pages: 304
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Vintage

Download and read online The Evolution of Useful Things in PDF and EPUB How did the table fork acquire a fourth tine? What advantage does the Phillips-head screw have over its single-grooved predecessor? Why does the paper clip look the way it does? What makes Scotch tape Scotch? In this delightful book Henry, Petroski takes a microscopic look at artifacts that most of us count on but rarely contemplate, including such icons of the everyday as pins, Post-its, and fast-food "clamshell" containers. At the same time, he offers a convincing new theory of technological innovation as a response to the perceived failures of existing products—suggesting that irritation, and not necessity, is the mother of invention. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Remaking the World

Filename: remaking-the-world.pdf
ISBN: 9780307773203
Release Date: 2011-01-05
Number of pages: 256
Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Vintage

Download and read online Remaking the World in PDF and EPUB This collection of informative and pleasurable essays by Henry Petroski elucidates the role of engineers in shaping our environment in countless ways, big and small. In Remaking the World Petroski gravitates this time, perhaps, toward the big: the English Channel tunnel, the Panama Canal, Hoover Dam, the QE2, and the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, now the tallest buildings in the world. He profiles Charles Steinmetz, the genius of the General Electric Company; Henry Martyn Robert, a military engineer who created Robert's Rules of Order; and James Nasmyth, the Scotsman whose machine tools helped shape nineteenth-century ocean and rail transportation. Petroski sifts through the fossils of technology for cautionary tales and remarkable twists of fortune, and reminds us that failure is often a necessary step on the path to new discoveries. He explains soil mechanics by way of a game of "rock, scissors, paper," and clarifies fundamental principles of engineering through the spokes of a Ferris wheel. Most of all, Henry Petroski continues to celebrate the men and women whose scrawls on the backs of envelopes have immeasurably improved our world. From the Hardcover edition.


The Pencil Perfect

Filename: the-pencil-perfect.pdf
ISBN: 3899556755
Release Date: 2016-10
Number of pages: 144
Author: Caroline Weaver
Publisher:

Download and read online The Pencil Perfect in PDF and EPUB Intimate and individual, pencil and paper are a personal touch in a digital age. The pencil is our direct connection between mind and page. We tell the story of an overlooked cultural icon with anecdotes, unexpected facts, and hand-drawn pencil-and-paper illustrations. This book features profiles of pencil crafters, anecdotes about famous writers and their favorite pencils, and essays about the surprising role of pencils in world history and culture. The Pencil Perfect explores the culture, heritage, manufacture, and meaning of the pencil. The humble instrument is now more relevant and romanticized than ever because it reconnects us with a simpler time. More and more of us are putting down the smartphone and picking up a pencil. This small, every day object brings us back to the simple and the tangible."