An Engineer's Alphabet: Gleanings from the Softer Side of a Profession

An Engineer's Alphabet: Gleanings from the Softer Side of a Profession

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Written by America's most famous engineering storyteller and educator, this abecedarium is one engineer's selection of thoughts, quotations, anecdotes, facts, trivia, and arcana relating to the practice, history, culture, and traditions of his profession. The entries reflect decades of reading, writing, talking, and thinking about engineers and engineering, and range from brief essays to lists of great engineering achievements. This work is organized alphabetically and more like a dictionary than an encyclopedia. It is not intended to be read from first page to last, but rather to be dipped into here and there as the mood strikes the reader. In time, it is hoped, this book should become the source to which readers go first when they encounter a vague or obscure reference to the softer side of engineering.

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 10/10/2011
Pages: 360
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.83lbs
Size: 7.26h x 4.96w x 0.88d
ISBN: 9781107015067

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