Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering by Henry Petroski pdf free download.
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.
“…draws on examples from the 4th century BC onwards to identify common features in engineering failures, and offers guidance on how to avoid failure while encouraging innovation…extremely well documented and illustrated…can be read by all those interested in engineering, not just structural engineers.” New Scientist
“…nicely done and the case for using engineering history to comprehend the nature of design is well made…the general reader will be well served, especially because the case histories are so interesting and well presented in themselves…” Nature
“…should be required reading for all engineering students and all practicing design professionals…” Journal of the Performance of Constructed Facilities
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