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Design Paradigms : Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering - Henry Petroski

Design Paradigms

Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering

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Published: 29th August 1994
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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.

'The reader will be well served, especially because the case histories are so interesting and well presented in themselves.' N. A. F. Smith, Nature 'Extremely well documented and illustrated ... Design Paradigms can be read by all those interested in engineering, not just structural engineers.' Tom Wyatt, New Scientist '...excellent,it should be essential reading for every student, practising engineer and manager of engineering work.' Journal of Naval Engineering '... will prove fascinating and intelligible to the non-technical reader.' Professor Ronald N. Bracewell, TImes Higher Educational Supplement '... a lively and informative read, it presents a dozen excellent case studies from 2000 years of structural engineering history, showing how engineers can learn from failures.' Bill Addis, New Scientist

Introduction
Paconius and the pedestal for Apollo: a paradigm of error in conceptual design
Vitruvius's Auger and Galileo's Bones: paradigms of limits to size in design
Galileo and the marble column: a paradigm of a design change for the worse
Galileo's confirmation of a false hypothesis: A paradigm of logical error in design
The design and collapse of the Dee Bridge: a paradigm of success masking error
The Britannia Tubular Bridge: A paradigm of tunnel vision in design
Failure as a source of engineering judgment: John Roebling as a paradigmatic designer
The design climate for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge: a paradigm of the selective use of history
Historic bridge failures and caveats for future designs
Conclusion
References and bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521466493
ISBN-10: 0521466490
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 29th August 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.34