Henry Petroski

Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history@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. Other books are An Engineer’s Alphabet: Gleanings from the Softer Side of a Profession and To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure. His latest is The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure. Address: Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708.

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