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By Henry Petroski

Written by means of America's most renowned engineering storyteller and educator, this abecedarium is one engineer's collection of recommendations, quotations, anecdotes, evidence, minutiae, and arcana on the subject of the perform, background, tradition, and traditions of his occupation. The entries replicate a long time of studying, writing, conversing, and brooding about engineers and engineering, and variety from short essays to lists of serious engineering achievements. This paintings is equipped alphabetically and extra like a dictionary than an encyclopedia. it's not meant to be learn from first web page to final, yet quite to be dipped into right here and there because the temper moves the reader. In time, it's was hoping, this ebook may still develop into the resource to which readers cross first after they come across a imprecise or imprecise connection with the softer part of engineering.

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His ten books include Engineering Legends: Great American Civil Engineers, 32 Profiles of Inspiration and Achievement (Reston, Va: ASCE Press, 2006) and a biography of George W. G. Ferris, the namesake of the amusementpark ride. Weingardt also writes regular columns on the profession and leadership in the magazine Structural Engineering and Design and in the journal Leadership and Management in Engineering. In addition to being a prolific author, Weingardt is also an accomplished artist, whose favorite subjects for oil paintings are scenes relating to American Indians and the Western landscape.

310–313, which is reprinted in Pushing the Limits: New Adventures in Engineering (New York: Knopf, 2004; Vintage Books, 2005). : 21st Century Science Associates, 1993). The Great Bridge. This epic story of the Roebling family and its essential role in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge was written by historian David McCullough and published in 1972 by Simon & Schuster. McCullough also has written The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870–1914 (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977).

Another bridge builder’s biography is the book by Robert W. Hadlow, Elegant Arches, Soaring Spans: C. B. McCullough, Oregon’s Master Bridge Builder (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2001). Many autobiographies are self-published, and these often contain extremely interesting insights into the careers and minds of reflective engineers. In the early twentieth century, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers sponsored a biography and autobiography series. See Chapter VI of Eugene S. : Society for the History of Technology and MIT Press, 1968), for an indicative list of older autobiographies and sources for more.

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