To Forgive Design by Henry Petroski
Understanding Failure

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Readers of his earlier books will encounter stories they have heard before in “To Forgive Design.”
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When planes crash, bridges collapse, and automobile gas tanks explode, we are quick to blame poor design. But Petroski, known for his masterly explanations of engineering successes and failures, says we must look beyond design to the interdependency of people and machines within complex socioeconomic systems undreamt of by designers.
 

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Henry Petroski's previous books include To Engineer Is Human, which was developed into a BBC television documentary; The Pencil; The Evolution of Useful Things; and Engineers of Dreams. Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History at Duke University.
 
Published April 13, 2012 by Harvard University Press. 427 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Cornelia Dean on Jul 12 2012

Readers of his earlier books will encounter stories they have heard before in “To Forgive Design.”

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Reviewed by Matt Ridley on Apr 10 2012

There are times when the author takes for granted that his audience will share his interest in even the most arcane engineering details, and on such occasions his prose loses its sparkle.

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