By Henry Petroski
Written via America's most renowned engineering storyteller and educator, this abecedarium is one engineer's number of strategies, quotations, anecdotes, evidence, trivialities, and arcana in terms of the perform, background, tradition, and traditions of his career. The entries mirror many years of examining, writing, conversing, and puzzling over engineers and engineering, and variety from short essays to lists of significant engineering achievements. This paintings is prepared alphabetically and extra like a dictionary than an encyclopedia. it's not meant to be learn from first web page to final, yet really to be dipped into the following and there because the temper moves the reader. In time, it truly is was hoping, this publication may still develop into the resource to which readers cross first after they come across a obscure or vague connection with the softer aspect of engineering.
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An Engineer's Alphabet: Gleanings from the Softer Side of a Profession by Henry Petroski