To Forgive Design - Understanding Failure

Author(s): Henry Petroski

design + technology

When planes crash, bridges collapse, and automobile gas tanks explode, we are quick to blame poor design. But Henry Petroski says we must look beyond design for causes and corrections.

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Preface -- 1. By Way of Concrete Examples -- 2. Things Happen -- 3. Designed to Fail -- 4. Mechanics of Failure -- 5. A Repeating Problem -- 6. The Old and the New -- 7. Searching for a Cause -- 8. The Obligation of an Engineer -- 9. Before, during, and after the Fall -- 10. Legal Matters -- 11. Back-Seat Designers -- 12. Houston, You Have a Problem -- 13. Without a Leg to Stand On -- 14. History and Failure -- Notes -- Illustrations -- Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780674416826
  • : Harvard University Press
  • : The Belknap Press
  • : December 2014
  • : October 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Henry Petroski
  • : Paperback
  • : 432