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The Road Taken: The History and Future of America's Infrastructure
by Henry Petroski
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...
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Categories: All Business, Investing and Leadership; All Politics, History and Current Events
Success through Failure: The Paradox of Design
by Henry Petroski
Design pervades our lives. Everything from drafting a PowerPoint presentation to planning a state-of-the-art bridge embodies this universal human activity. But what makes a great design? In this compelling and wide-ranging look at the essence of invention, distinguished engineer and author Henry Petroski argues that, time and again, we...
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Categories: All Nonfiction
Paperboy: Confessions of a Future Engineer
by Henry Petroski
Anyone wondering what sort of experience prepares one for a future as an engineer may be surprised to learn that it includes delivering newspapers. But as Henry Petroski recounts his youth in 1950s Queens, New York–a borough of handball games and inexplicably numbered streets–he winningly shows how his after-school job amounted to a...
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Categories: All Biographies & Memoirs; All Nonfiction
The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance
by Henry Petroski
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.
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Categories: All Nonfiction
To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure
by Henry Petroski
When planes crash, bridges collapse, and automobile gas tanks explode, we are quick to blame poor design. But Petroski, known for his masterly explanations of engineering successes and failures, says we must look beyond design to the interdependency of people and machines within complex socioeconomic systems undreamt of by designers.
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Categories: All Nonfiction
The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as...
by Henry Petroski
   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...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Politics, History and Current Events
Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering
by Henry Petroski
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...
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Categories: All Biographies & Memoirs; All Nonfiction
The Essential Engineer
by Henry Petroski
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 development of...
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Categories: All Nonfiction
The Toothpick: Technology and Culture
by Henry Petroski
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...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Politics, History and Current Events
The Book on the Bookshelf
by Henry Petroski
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...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Politics, History and Current Events
An Engineer's Alphabet
by Henry Petroski
Written by America's most famous engineering storyteller and educator, this abecedarian is one engineer's selection of thoughts, quotations, anecdotes, facts, trivia, and arcana relating to the practice, history, culture, and traditions of his profession. The entries reflect decades of reading, writing, talking, and thinking about...
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Categories: All Nonfiction
Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America
by Henry Petroski
Petroski reveals the science and engineering--not to mention the politics, egotism, and sheer magic--behind America's great bridges, particularly those constructed during the great bridge-building era starting in the 1870s and continuing through the 1930s. It is the story of the men and women who built the St. Louis, the George...
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Categories: All Biographies & Memoirs
Small Things Considered: Why There Is No Perfect Design
by Henry Petroski
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...
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Categories: All Nonfiction
Pushing the Limits: New Adventures in Engineering
by Henry Petroski
Here are two dozen tales in the grand adventure of engineering from the Henry Petroski, who has been called America’s poet laureate of technology. Pushing the Limits  celebrates some of the largest things we have created–bridges, dams, buildings--and provides a startling new vision of engineering’s past, its present, and its...
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