By Henry Petroski
Written by way of America's most famed engineering storyteller and educator, this abecedarium is one engineer's collection of strategies, quotations, anecdotes, proof, minutiae, and arcana in terms of the perform, heritage, tradition, and traditions of his occupation. The entries replicate many years of interpreting, writing, speaking, and brooding about engineers and engineering, and diversity from short essays to lists of significant engineering achievements. This paintings is prepared alphabetically and extra like a dictionary than an encyclopedia. it's not meant to be learn from first web page to final, yet quite to be dipped into the following and there because the temper moves the reader. In time, it truly is was hoping, this ebook may still turn into the resource to which readers pass first after they stumble upon a obscure or imprecise connection with the softer facet of engineering.
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