2012, Harvard University Press
Hardcover, 432 pages
When planes crash, bridges collapse, and automobile gas tanks explode, we are quick to blame poor design. But Petroski, known for his masterly explanations of engineering successes and failures, says we must look beyond design to the interdependency of people and machines within complex socioeconomic systems undreamt of by designers.
Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History at Duke University.