Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering (Google eブックス)
Random House LLC, 2011/01/05 - 256 ページ
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 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 helped shape nineteenth-century ocean and rail transportation. Petroski sifts through the fossils of technology for cautionary tales and remarkable twists of 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Review: Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineeringユーザー レビュー - Steve - Goodreads
A series of stories taken from the author's columns in a science-engineering magazine. Well-written and interesting, but a little lightweight. Very good on the relationship of engineering projects to ... レビュー全文を読む
Review: Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineeringユーザー レビュー - Alejandro Teruel - Goodreads
I did not find this book as engrossing as the same author´s The Evolution of Useful Things or To Engineer is Human: The role of failure in successful design. Perhaps it is because the collection of ... レビュー全文を読む