Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing Hardcover – 29 Nov 1996
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explains how they make their new creations economically feasible and socially acceptable. Students of technology will delight in one part of the book, cultural historians in another, but both groups will praise the author.
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Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History at Duke University. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The book is structured such that each chapter deals with an object/group of objects along with a certain facet of engineering (such as how the design of a bridge can be affected by societal/political views). Starting small the first chapter introduces us to the general thinking of an engineer, and the myriad factors that must be considered when designing even the simplest of devices.
The biggest thing that leapt out to me was that this book was actually fun! I WANTED to find out more about the history of the paperclip, I NEEDED to know all about the design considerations of the tin can and I simply HAD to see just why zippers came about in the first place. It's a rate treat indeed to be gripped by something so superficially dull, but many a night I found myself bleary eyed in the wee hours of the morning, soldiering on to the end of another fascinating chapter.
(As a side note it's worth mentioning that the majority of this book is pretty much maths free, so read in confidence numberphobes!)
Needless to say, I definitely recommend this to any and all, whether you've just a passing interest, or dead set on becoming the next Dyson.
Whilst there is some technical knowledge needed to understand all aspects, the book is very accessible and written with a good pace and sense of humour.
If you are interested in engineering, patents or simply why things are designed the way they are, you can't do better than this book.
Definitely worth a read, and bound to touch on a specialty of engineering you are most passionate about.
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Great Book for those who want a brief and not too technical insight into some of the best designed / engineered products.Published 2 months ago by Shakunt Tambe
Disappointed with library label on spine. There appeared to be no dust cover. Never mind, contents as expected!Published 8 months ago by Mrs Bartholomew
Good book overall if you're thinking of going into engineering but do not no much about engineering, math or physics. Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2013 by rory
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