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Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering by Henry Petroski

Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering by Henry Petroski

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Remaking the World:  Adventures in Engineering by Henry Petroski is a 239-page hardcover published in 1997 by Alfred A. Knopf and is a stated first edition.  The dust jacket and book are in very good original condition.

Book Summary

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, Petrosky gravitates this time, perhaps, toward the big: the English Channel tunnel, the Panama Canal, Hoover Dam, the QE2, and the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, now the tallest buildings in the world. He profiles Charles Steinmetz, The Genius of the General Electric Company; Henry Martyn Robert, a military engineer who created Robert's Rules of Order; and James Nasmyth the Scotsman whose machine tools help shape 19th century ocean and rail transportation. Petrosky sifts through the fossils of technology for cautionary tale and remarkable twists fortune, and reminds us that failure is often a necessary step on the path to new discoveries. He explains soil mechanics by way of a game of "rock, scissors, paper", and clarifies fundamental principles of engineering through the spokes of a Ferris wheel.

Most of all, Henry Petroski continues to celebrate the men and women whose scrawls  on the backs of envelopes have immeasurably improved our world.

ISBN:  0-375-40041-9

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