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  • Hardcover
  • 432
  • To Forgive Design
  • Henry Petroski
  • English
  • 08 January 2019
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REVIEW ó To Forgive Design Henry Petroski à 0 REVIEW S bridge collapse and the toppling of a massive Shanghai apartment building in 2009 to Boston’s prolonged Big Dig and the 2010 Gulf oil spill These avoidable disasters reveal the interdependency of people and machines within systems whose complex behavior was undreamt of by their designers until it was too late Petroski shows that even the simplest technology is embedded in cultural and socioeconomic constraints complications and contradictionsFailure t. This is an engaging although lengthy read I admit I resorted to skimming through much of the book since I got it from the library and only have so much time However the central premise of the book is clearly true studying failure should be a never ending activity for engineers and those involved in management of engineering projects A few lines present the premise very clearly One might as well just be the summary of the lesson we should take from the book It is imperative that the realistic prospect of failure be kept in the forefront of every engineer s mind Another in reflecting on the hundreds of years of books on what we today call engineering or design captures the historical view as well One thing that especially impressed me was that seeming no matter when a book on design was published it discussed either explicitly or implicitly the persistent problem of failure and how to avoid itThis book probably could have been shorter and focuses mostly on bridges but nevertheless it is a valuable commentary on engineering and is relevant to every branch of engineering

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REVIEW ó To Forgive Design Henry Petroski à 0 REVIEW When planes crash bridges collapse and automobile gas tanks explode we are uick to blame poor design But Henry Petroski says we must look beyond design for causes and corrections Known for his masterly explanations of engineering successes and failures Petroski here takes his analysis a step further to consider the larger context in which accidents occurIn To Forgive Design he surveys some of the most infamous failures of our time from the 2007 Minneapoli. This book is a combination memoir and history of design failures From the patterns developed by the relationship between failures and the striving for economical design the author draws conclusions regarding the dangers that can emerge from complexity and the subseuent passage of old designs on to new generations of designers who have forgotten old lessons Unexpected and unintended failures are obviously bad but once they occur the lessons learned are very valuable The whole process of understanding why the failure occurred as well as why the cause was missed in the design process are necessary for progress to be made Sometimes the design is adeuate but the construction process or the manufacturing of the material failed to meet the design intent Other times improper maintenance and corrosive environments are at fault for causing failure Thus there are many tiers of responsibility and communication that need to perform smoothly if public safety is to be maintained Some of the notable examples of failure that are discussed in the book include the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse the 2009 Boston prolonged Big Dig the 2010 Gulf oil spill the 1912 sinking of the ship RMS Titanic the 1940 Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse and the 1986 Challenger and 2003 Columbia space shuttle accidents

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REVIEW ó To Forgive Design Henry Petroski à 0 REVIEW O imagine the possibility of failure is the most profound mistake engineers can make Software developers realized this early on and looked outside their young field to structural engineering as they sought a historical perspective to help them identify their own potential mistakes By explaining the interconnectedness of technology and culture and the dangers that can emerge from complexity Petroski demonstrates that we would all do well to follow their le. Numerous good accounts of why we need to break the taboo that holds that failure has nothing to teach us other than not to repeat that particular mistake I liked it for the insights on the intersections of technology socio economic context and learningprogress On another level I saw in it some good cross over applications to the management of technology support services which is my line of workview spoilerBrilliant concept in the book cover illustration too egg shells need to be strong enough to protect but then need to fail when the chick is ready to come out hide spoiler