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By Henry Petroski

ISBN-10: 1107015065

ISBN-13: 9781107015067

Written by means of America's most renowned engineering storyteller and educator, this abecedarium is one engineer's number of techniques, quotations, anecdotes, evidence, trivialities, and arcana with regards to the perform, background, tradition, and traditions of his career. The entries mirror a long time of analyzing, writing, speaking, and puzzling over engineers and engineering, and diversity from short essays to lists of serious engineering achievements. This paintings is equipped alphabetically and extra like a dictionary than an encyclopedia. it's not meant to be learn from first web page to final, yet really to be dipped into right here and there because the temper moves the reader. In time, it's was hoping, this publication should still turn into the resource to which readers move first after they stumble upon a obscure or imprecise connection with the softer facet of engineering.

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One of my colleagues often told of giving a talk when the power went out. He was proud of his reaction: He passed his slides individually around the room so the seminar attendees could hold them up to the window and view them by sunlight. Better small than nothing. I had a similar experience that called for a different approach. I was giving the keynote speech at a meeting. Everything started out normally. My PowerPoint presentation, which was on backups and redundancy 23 success and failure in design and relied heavily on the images of bridges projected on the screen, worked perfectly for about the first ten minutes of the talk.

It is not clear that a subsequent volume was ever published. In 2002, the British Institution of Civil Engineers published the first volume, covering books by and about engineers 35 the years 1500 to 1830, of its outstanding A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland (London: Thomas Telford, 2002). Volume II, covering the years 1830 to 1890, was published in 2008. books by and about engineers. A number of books by and about engineers have become widely known and read by engineers and nonengineers alike.

47–54. For an indication of the state of the art of pocket calculators in the mid-1970s, and for illustrations of many of the calculators available at the time, along with their prices, see Gene Dallaire, “Pocket Electronic Calculators Zoom,” Civil Engineering, February 1975, pp. 39–43. Centennial of Engineering. The one-hundredth anniversary of engineering in America was celebrated in 1952 to coincide with the centennial of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the country’s first permanent national professional engineering organization.

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