Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing

Invention by Design How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing Henry Petroski s previous bestsellers have delighted readers with intriguing stories about the engineering marvels around us from the lowly pencil to the soaring suspension bridge In this book Petro

  • Title: Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing
  • Author: Henry Petroski
  • ISBN: 9780674463684
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • Henry Petroski s previous bestsellers have delighted readers with intriguing stories about the engineering marvels around us, from the lowly pencil to the soaring suspension bridge In this book, Petroski delves deeper into the mystery of invention, to explore what everyday artifacts and sophisticated networks can reveal about the way engineers solve problems.Engineering eHenry Petroski s previous bestsellers have delighted readers with intriguing stories about the engineering marvels around us, from the lowly pencil to the soaring suspension bridge In this book, Petroski delves deeper into the mystery of invention, to explore what everyday artifacts and sophisticated networks can reveal about the way engineers solve problems.Engineering entails than knowing the way things work What do economics and ecology, aesthetics and ethics, have to do with the shape of a paper clip, the tab of a beverage can, the cabin design of a turbojet, or the course of a river How do the idiosyncrasies of individual engineers, companies, and communities leave their mark on projects from Velcro R to fax machines to waterworks Invention by Design offers an insider s look at these political and cultural dimensions of design and development, production and construction.Readers unfamiliar with engineering will find Petroski s enthusiasm contagious, whether the topic is the genesis of the Ziploc baggie or the averted collapse of Manhattan s sleekest skyscraper And those who inhabit the world of engineering will discover insights to challenge their customary perspective, whether their work involves failure analysis, systems design, or public relations Written with the flair that readers have come to expect from his books, Invention by Design reaffirms Petroski as the master explicator of the principles and processes that turn thoughts into the many things that define our made world.

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    1. کتابهای هنری پتروسکی را آقای الن کی (از بزرگترین و تاثیرگذارترین افراد در زمینه مهندسی نرم افزار) در جواب یکی از سوالها در سایت Quora به عنوان نویسنده ای ارزشمند در زمینه کتابهای مهندسی معرفی کرده است. در این کتاب تاریخچه شکل گیری تعدادی از محصولات مهندسی معاصر بیان میشود. در هر [...]

    2. Henry Petroski provides a holistic view of the invention process. Petroski does a decent job at acknowledging how complex the design and engineering process is, and why it is important to have a multidisciplinary approach. Petroski chooses nine different case studies to defend his thesis."Henry Petroski is an American civil engineering professor at Duke University where he specializes in failure analysis." To learn more about Henry Petroski read his article on :enpedia/wiki/Henry_Pe

    3. Just Amazing! This book is the crown jewel in my collection. The reader will truly get a "feel of engineering" in it. The author describe with fascination that how much scientific work has done for making even smaller things like paper clip to be of best design and they still lack perfection. Then he moves to much complex things like bridges and airplanes. He also explains that how politics is the major factor in any engineering project. It is wonderful read for an engineer as well as general pu [...]

    4. It was nice to see the evolution of the design of the paper clip, bridges, etc. However it would have been a lot better if it were more technically oriented than having the author simple tell us the absolute basics and moving on.

    5. Invention by Design started out as a random book that I picked up at a used bookstore. I don't remember where, but obviously it was over a year ago (because that's when I started reading this). I do remember that I picked it up and was immediately taken by the idea of engineering discussed in a different way: a perspective of use and ties to our cultural and societal dealings. And that's exactly what it is. Invention by Design takes you through the exploration of engineering methods from paper c [...]

    6. The writer has a good way of describing the history of design, I would have loved if the book had more engineering inside of it. Book is basically a history of certain items being developed with a small insights of how engineers should think. I have personally found the chapter about bridges to be too focused on the drama (politics) of building bridges and not the science you would need (at least some basics of Statics). Best part of the book was seeing how much types of paper clips have been "d [...]

    7. "Invention by Design" illustrates different aspects of the practice of engineering with each chapter focusing on specific familiar product/project of increasing scale and complexity.As someone with a design background, I found myself drawn to the picture of engineers as world-shapers, builders. What I found most refreshing, in contrast to the story of architecture, there aren't "Heros" of engineering. Most of the world is built through the gradual improvement of many minds seeing a tiny way to i [...]

    8. Reread. Fell off my shelf while I was getting something else.Very readable overview of how some things - from pencil point & paperclips the pop-top soda can to computers and airplanes - were invented because someone was annoyed improved over something, spent time to do something about it - and then someone else decided that this new thing could be improved upon.

    9. About as good as it gets when it comes to trying to understand 'How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing' as he puts it himself. You don't have to be an engineer - just someone interested in how things get made.

    10. Not Petrozki's best work. It gives a good overview of the design process for non-engineers. It oversimplifies it for engineers. I learned a few new trivial things, but not enough for me to recommend it.

    11. A recent choice in my book club. Interesting and inspiring. Never thought about the design of a paper clip.

    12. insights for some ideas transformed from theory to practicalper clip, fax machine, cans, zippers airplane , computers and constructions of bridges

    13. Another great thought book by Henry Petroski. His collection of books on ideas is a superb series for Engineers.

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