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The Pencil

The Pencil

A History of Design and Circumstance

  • Author: Henry Petroski
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • ISBN: 0307772438
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 448
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Henry Petroski traces the origins of the pencil back to ancient Greece and Rome, writes factually and charmingly about its development over the centuries and around the world, and shows what the pencil can teach us about engineering and technology today. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Invention by Design

Invention by Design

How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing

  • Author: Henry Petroski
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 9780674463684
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 242
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Presents case studies of inventions by engineers, explaining how they resolve technical difficulties, and how they make their inventions socially acceptable and economically feasible

Remaking the World

Remaking the World

Adventures in Engineering

  • Author: Henry Petroski
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307773205
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 256
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This collection of informative and pleasurable essays by Henry Petroski elucidates the role of engineers in shaping our environment in countless ways, big and small. In Remaking the World Petroski gravitates this time, perhaps, toward the big: the English Channel tunnel, the Panama Canal, Hoover Dam, the QE2, and the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, now the tallest buildings in the world. He profiles Charles Steinmetz, the genius of the General Electric Company; Henry Martyn Robert, a military engineer who created Robert's Rules of Order; and James Nasmyth, the Scotsman whose machine tools helped shape nineteenth-century ocean and rail transportation. Petroski sifts through the fossils of technology for cautionary tales and remarkable twists of fortune, and reminds us that failure is often a necessary step on the path to new discoveries. He explains soil mechanics by way of a game of "rock, scissors, paper," and clarifies fundamental principles of engineering through the spokes of a Ferris wheel. Most of all, Henry Petroski continues to celebrate the men and women whose scrawls on the backs of envelopes have immeasurably improved our world. From the Hardcover edition.

The Road Taken

The Road Taken

The History and Future of America's Infrastructure

  • Author: Henry Petroski
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1632863618
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 336
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Acclaimed engineer and historian Henry Petroski explores our core infrastructure from both historical and contemporary perspectives, explaining how essential their maintenance is to America's economic health. Petroski reveals the genesis of the many parts of America's highway system--our interstate numbering system, the centerline that divides roads, and such taken-for-granted objects as guardrails, stop signs, and traffic lights--all crucial to our national and local infrastructure. A compelling work of history, The Road Taken is also an urgent clarion call aimed at American citizens, politicians, and anyone with a vested interest in our economic well-being. Physical infrastructure in the United States is crumbling, and Petroski reveals the complex and challenging interplay between government and industry inherent in major infrastructure improvement. The road we take in the next decade toward rebuilding our aging infrastructure will in large part determine our future national prosperity.

To Forgive Design

To Forgive Design

Understanding Failure

  • Author: Henry Petroski
  • Publisher: Belknap Press
  • ISBN: 9780674416826
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 432
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In this work, the author surveys some of the most imfamous failures of our time, from the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse and the toppling of a massive Shanghai apartment building in 2009, to Boston's prolonged Big Dig and the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

The Toothpick

The Toothpick

Technology and Culture

  • Author: Henry Petroski
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 030727943X
  • Category: Design
  • Page: 443
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Celebrating the extraordinary aspects of the simplest of implements, a fascinating and quirky history of the toothpick ranges from ancient Rome to the present day, examining the ubiquitous item in its various forms and designs, its colorful applications through time, and the modern toothpick manufacturing industry. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Success Through Failure

Success Through Failure

The Paradox of Design

  • Author: Henry Petroski
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 9780691122250
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 235
  • View: 8937
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Contends that modeling engineering designs solely on past successes and ignoring past missteps is a path toward eventual failure.

Small Things Considered

Small Things Considered

Why There Is No Perfect Design

  • Author: Henry Petroski
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307427803
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 304
  • View: 8808
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Why has the durable paper shopping bag been largely replaced by its flimsy plastic counterpart? What circuitous chain of improvements led to such innovations as the automobile cup holder and the swiveling vegetable peeler? With the same relentless curiosity and lucid, witty prose he brought to his earlier books, Henry Petroski looks at some of our most familiar objects and reveals that they are, in fact, works in progress. For there can never be an end to the quest for the perfect design. To illustrate his thesis, Petroski tells the story of the paper drinking cup, which owes its popularity to the discovery that water glasses could carry germs. He pays tribute to the little plastic tripod that keeps pizza from sticking to the box and analyzes the numerical layouts of telephones and handheld calculators. Small Things Considered is Petroski at his most trenchant and provocative, casting his eye not only on everyday artifacts but on their users as well. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Pencil Perfect

The Pencil Perfect

The Untold Story of a Cultural Icon

  • Author: Caroline Weaver
  • Publisher: Gestalten
  • ISBN: 9783899556759
  • Category: Pencil drawing
  • Page: 160
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The Pencil Perfect is the tangible tale of the pencil: a utensil that crafts its own story as humans use its sharpened point to write their own.

Engineers of Dreams

Engineers of Dreams

Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America

  • Author: Henry Petroski
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307773132
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 496
  • View: 644
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Petroski reveals the science and engineering--not to mention the politics, egotism, and sheer magic--behind America's great bridges, particularly those constructed during the great bridge-building era starting in the 1870s and continuing through the 1930s. It is the story of the men and women who built the St. Louis, the George Washington, and the Golden Gate bridges, drawing not only on their mastery of numbers but on their gifts for persuasion and self-promotion. It is an account of triumphs and ignominious disasters (including the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which literally twisted itself apart in a high wind). And throughout this grandly engaging book, Petroski lets us see how bridges became the "symbols and souls" of our civilization, as well as testaments to their builders' vision, ingenuity, and perseverance. "Seamlessly linked...With astonishing scope and generosity of view, Mr. Petroski places the tradition of American bridge-building in perspective."--New York Times Book Review From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Secret Life of the Pencil

The Secret Life of the Pencil

Great Creatives and Their Pencils

  • Author: Mike Tinney
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781786270832
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 160
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Since software programs have come to dominate offices and studios, the pencil has become a symbol for creative freedom. In other words, the work you do on the computer is what you do for work, to pay the rent, whereas the stuff you do with your pencil is the stuff you do for fun. Apart from stimulating the world's most important creative minds, the pencil has become the modern creative's ultimate fetish. This book presents a unique collection of close-up pictures of pencils from some of our foremost artists, designers, writers, architects, and musicians. What makes these pictures compelling is the fact that they somehow reflect the creative personalities of their owners: Philippe Starck's is a stylish black and red, Paul Smith's is a classic jewel-like thing worth £3,000 (a present from Jonathan Ive), William Boyd's is nicely aged and rusty, while Anish Kapoor's is sculpted into a mini ArcelorMittal Orbital tower. The pictures are complemented by materials such as sketches, quotes and brief interviews, giving a further insight into the workings of these great creative minds.

The Book on the Bookshelf

The Book on the Bookshelf

  • Author: Henry Petroski
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307773280
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 304
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From the author of the highly praised The Pencil and The Evolution of Useful Things comes another captivating history of the seemingly mundane: the book and its storage. Most of us take for granted that our books are vertical on our shelves with the spines facing out, but Henry Petroski, inveterately curious engineer, didn't. As a result, readers are guided along the astonishing evolution from papyrus scrolls boxed at Alexandria to upright books shelved at the Library of Congress. Unimpeachably researched, enviably written, and charmed with anecdotes from Seneca to Samuel Pepys to a nineteenth-century bibliophile who had to climb over his books to get into bed, The Book on the Bookshelf is indispensable for anyone who loves books. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Pencil

The Pencil

  • Author: Paul Calle
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 160
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The official N.A.S.A. artist and award-winning illustrator surveys the histories and varieties of pencils and papers, explains the principles and techniques of drawing, and demonstrates various drawing projects, illustrated by his own work

To Engineer is Human

To Engineer is Human

The Role of Failure in Successful Design

  • Author: Henry Petroski
  • Publisher: St Martins Press
  • ISBN: 0312806809
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 247
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Examines the process of the development of an engineering design and discusses the causes of the unsuccessful designs of engineering structures

How to Sharpen Pencils

How to Sharpen Pencils

A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants

  • Author: David Rees
  • Publisher: Melville House
  • ISBN: 1612190413
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 224
  • View: 5172
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A hilarious guide to the lost art of artisanal pencil sharpening "...I am so thrilled David Rees is picking up the reins of the forgotten art of manual graphite-encased-in-wood point-crafting. I love my pencil!" —AMY SEDARIS "You may think that sharpening a pencil is easy, but David Rees makes it look hard, and that makes all the difference." —JOHN HODGMAN "Truly, my life before I was presented with correctly sharpened pencils by an artisan was a dull and ill-sharpened void. Learn from my mistakes." —NEIL GAIMAN Have you got the right kind of point on your pencil? Do you know how to achieve the perfect point for the kind of work you need out of that pencil? Deep in New York’s Hudson River Valley, craftsman David Rees—the world’s number one #2 pencil sharpener—still practices the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening. In 2010, he began offering his artisanal service to the world, to the jubilation of artists, writers, draftsmen, and standardized test takers. Now, Rees presents a book that is both a manifesto and a fully-illustrated walk-through of the many, many, many ways to sharpen a pencil. Including chapters on equipment, current practice, and modern technologies, it also points at new trends in sharpening, including "Celebrity Impression Pencil Sharpening (CIPS)," a warning about the “Psychological Risks Associated with Pencil Sharpening,” and a survey of "Wines that tastes like pencils." As Rees implores: "Sharpening pencils should be an activity that enriches the senses." And if you think it’s a joke, why don’t you poke yourself with your newly sharpened pencil? Or better yet, don’t—because it’ll really hurt.

Design Paradigms

Design Paradigms

Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering

  • Author: Henry Petroski
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521466493
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 209
  • View: 1979
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From classical temples to twentieth century towers, engineers have learned more about design from failure than from success. The concept of error, according to the author of Design Paradigms, is central to the design process. As a way of explaining the enduring aspects of engineering design, Henry Petroski relates stories of some of the greatest engineering successes and failures of all time. These case studies, drawn from a wide range of times and places, from Ancient Greece and Rome to modern America, serve as paradigms of error and judgment in engineering design. By showing how errors were introduced in the design process and how they might be avoided, the book suggests how better quality and reliability might be achieved in designed devices, structures, and systems of all kinds. Clearly written, with striking illustrations, the book will appeal to engineering students, practicing engineers, historians of science and technology, and all those interested in learning about the process of design.

What Engineers Know and How They Know It

What Engineers Know and How They Know It

Analytical Studies from Aeronautical History

  • Author: Walter G. Vincenti
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • ISBN: 9780801845888
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 336
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To solve their design problems, engineers draw on a vast body of knowledge about how things work. Examining previously unstudied historical cases, this author shows how engineering knowledge is obtained and presents a model to help explain the growth of such knowledge.

The Pencil of Nature

The Pencil of Nature

  • Author: H. Fox Talbot
  • Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
  • ISBN: 3732625699
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 52
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Reproduction of the original.