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Author Petroski, Henry.
Title To forgive design : understanding failure / Henry Petroski.
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, c2012.
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 Floor4  TA169.5 .P48 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description xii, 410 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 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)
ISBN 0674065840 (hc : alk. paper)
9780674065840 (hc : alk. paper)
Standard # 7206411
OCLC number 758244510