Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering
and a professor of history at Duke University. He has written on many
aspects of engineering and technology, including design, success and
failure, error and judgment, the history of engineering and technology,
and the use of case studies in education and practice. His books on
these subjects, which are intended for professional engineers and
general readers alike, include: To Engineer Is Human, which was adapted for a BBC-television documentary; The Pencil; The Evolution of Useful Things; Design Paradigms, which was named by the Association of American Publishers as the best general engineering book published in 1994; Engineers of Dreams; Invention by Design; Remaking the World; The Book on the Bookshelf; Paperboy; Small Things Considered; and The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems.
His latest books are An Engineer’s Alphabet: Gleanings from the Softer Side of a Profession and To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure. Address: Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708.
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