Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "The Bard of Engineering-author of the critically acclaimed The Evolution of Useful Things and The Pencil-turns his strikingly observant eye from small everyday objects to large feats of engineering: some familiar, some virtually unknown, and some that are still only engineers' dreams. In these essays, Henry Petroski tells stories of significant and daring projects that, each in its own way, set the stage for new challenges in engineering, art, and architecture. He writes of Philadelphia's landmark Benjamin Franklin Bridge, London's incomparable Tower Bridge, Santiago Calatrava's exciting addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, and China's ambitious Three Gorges Dam project. And he writes as well of the risks associated with pushing the limits of technology and of the disasters, great and small, that have sometimes ensued-from the 1928 failure of California's St. Francis Dam, to the wobbly Millennium Bridge in London, which had to be shut down only three days after its opening, to the collapse of New York's Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. In Pushing the Limits, "America's poet laureate of technology" (Kirkus) provides a fresh look at the past, a unique view of the present, and a cogent gaze into the future of engineering and its wide-reaching effects on our lives.". Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: In the ever increasing push for longer bridges, taller buildings, bigger stadiums, and grander projects of all kinds, engineers face new challenges that redefine our sense of both aesthetics and functionality. Pushing the Limits describes two dozen adventures in engineering that provide a fresh look at the past, a unique view of the present, and a telling glimpse into the future of the discipline and how it affects our lives.
Henry Petroski tells the stories of significant and daring enterprises?some familiar, some virtually unknown, and some that are still only dreams?in their historical and technological contexts. Among the achievements are Philadelphia?s landmark Benjamin Franklin Bridge, London?s incomparable Tower Bridge, and China?s ambitious Three Gorges Dam project. But pushing the limits of technology does not come without risk. Petroski also chronicles great technological disasters, such as the 1928 failure of California?s St. Francis Dam, the 1999 tragedy of the Texas A&M Bonfire, and the September 11, 2001, collapse of New York?s World Trade Center towers. He deals with other calamities as well, such as the 1994 earthquake that struck Southern California and the embarrassingly wobbly Millennium Bridge in London, which had to be shut down only three days after it opened.
The breadth and depth of Petroski?s erudition and his passionate interest in the art of design and in building have earned him the title of America?s poet laureate of technology, and his exploration of the complexity of what goes into design continues to stretch the imagination.
Über den Autor:
Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. The author of eleven previous books, he lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Henry Petroski?s The Book on the Bookshelf, Engineers of Dreams, The Evolution of Useful Things, Paperboy, Remaking the World, Small Things Considered, and To Engineer Is Human are available in Vintage paperback.
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