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    • To Engineer Is Human

    • The Role of Failure in Successful Design
    • By: Henry Petroski
    • Narrated by: Matthew Boston
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    How did a simple design error cause one of the great disasters of the 1980s - the collapse of the walkways at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel? What made the graceful and innovative Tacoma Narrows Bridge twist apart in a mild wind in 1940? How did an oversized waterlily inspire the magnificent Crystal Palace, the crowning achievement of Victorian architecture and engineering? These are some of the failures and successes that Henry Petroski, author of the acclaimed The Pencil, examines in this engaging, wonderfully literate book.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good insights on the history of engineering

    • By Meiran Liu on 07-23-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Essential Engineer

    • Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems
    • By: Henry Petroski
    • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    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 efficient automobiles and the search for renewable energy sources.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome

    • By Dheepan on 07-01-16

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Road Taken

    • The History and Future of America's Infrastructure
    • By: Henry Petroski
    • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Physical infrastructure in the United States is crumbling. The American Society of Civil Engineers has, in its latest report, given American roads and bridges a grade of D and C+, respectively, and has described roughly 65,000 bridges in the United States as 'structurally deficient'. This crisis - and one need look no further than the I-35W bridge collapse in Minnesota to see that it is indeed a crisis - shows little sign of abating short of a massive change in attitude amongst politicians and the American public.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • the challenge of getting there

    • By Andy on 08-09-16

    Regular price: $19.62

    • To Forgive Design

    • Understanding Failure
    • By: Henry Petroski
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    When planes crash, bridges collapse, and automobile gas tanks explode, we are quick to blame poor design. But Henry Petroski says we must look beyond design for causes and corrections. Known for his masterly explanations of engineering successes and failures, Petroski here takes his analysis a step further, to consider the larger context in which accidents occur. In To Forgive Design he surveys some of the most infamous failures of our time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great, for structural and civil engineers

    • By GoingGoingGone... on 05-04-18

    Regular price: $22.46