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To forgive design : understanding failure / Henry Petroski.

Petroski, Henry. (Author).
  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9780674065840 (alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0674065840 (alk. paper)
  • Description: xii, 410 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, c2012.

Available copies

  • 5 of 6 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).

Current holds

0 current holds with 6 total copies.

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Beverly Main Adult Nonfiction TA 169.5 .P48 2012 (Text to Phone) Available -
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 620/Petroski (Text to Phone) Available -
Gordon College Stack Level 5 TA 169.5 .P48 2012 (Text to Phone) Available -
Merrimack College Stacks (3rd) TA169.5 .P48 2012 (Text to Phone) Offline -
Northern Essex - Lawrence Campus Stacks TA169.5 .P48 2012 (Text to Phone) Available -
Saugus Adult Nonfiction 620.004 Petroski (Text to Phone) Available -

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Note: By way of concrete examples -- Things happen -- Designed to fail -- Mechanics of failure -- A repeating problem -- The old and the new -- Searching for a cause -- The obligation of an engineer -- Before, during, and after the fall -- Legal matters -- Back-seat designers -- Houston, you have a problem -- Without a leg to stand on -- History and failure.
Summary: Argues that failures in structural engineering are not necessarily due to the physical design of the structures, but instead a misunderstanding of how cultural and socioeconomic constraints would affect the structures.
Subject: System failures (Engineering)


Petroski, Henry. "To forgive design : understanding failure." Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012.

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