By Henry Petroski
Written by way of America's most renowned engineering storyteller and educator, this abecedarium is one engineer's collection of recommendations, quotations, anecdotes, proof, minutiae, and arcana when it comes to the perform, background, tradition, and traditions of his occupation. The entries mirror a long time of studying, writing, conversing, and wondering engineers and engineering, and diversity from short essays to lists of serious 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 really to be dipped into right here and there because the temper moves the reader. In time, it's was hoping, this ebook should still develop into the resource to which readers cross first after they stumble upon a imprecise or vague connection with the softer facet of engineering
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