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Adventures in Engineering

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On Sale: January 05, 2011
Pages: 256 | ISBN: 978-0-307-77320-3
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"Petroski has an inquisitive mind, and he is a fine writer. . . . [He] takes us on a lively tour of engineers, their creations and their necessary turns of mind."   --Los Angeles Times

From the Ferris wheel to the integrated circuit, feats of engineering have changed our environment in countless ways, big and small. In Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering, Duke University's Henry Petroski focuses on the big: Malaysia's 1,482-foot Petronas Towers as well as the Panama Canal, a cut through the continental divide that required the excavation of 311 million cubic yards of earth.
        Remaking the World tells the stories behind the man-made wonders of the world, from squabbles over the naming of the Hoover Dam to the effects the Titanic disaster had on the engineering community of 1912. Here, too, are the stories of the
personalities behind the wonders, from the jaunty Isambard Kingdom Brunel, designer of nineteenth-century transatlantic steamships, to Charles Steinmetz, oddball genius of the General Electric Company, whose office of preference was a battered twelve-foot canoe. Spirited and absorbing, Remaking the World is a celebration of the creative instinct and of the men and women whose inspirations have immeasurably improved our world.

"Petroski [is] America's poet laureate of technology. . . . Remaking the World is another fine book."   --Houston Chronicle

"Remaking the World really is an adventure in engineering."
--San Diego Union-Tribune

Table of Contents


Images of an Engineer
Alfred Nobel’s Prizes
Henry Martyn Robert
James Nasmyth
On the Backs of Envelopes
Good Drawings and Bad Dreams
Failed Promises
In Context
Men and Women of Progress
Soil Mechanics
Is Technology Wired?
Harnessing Steam
The Great Eastern
Driven by Economics
The Panama Canal
The Ferris Wheel
Hoover Dam
The Channel Tunnel
The Petronas Towers
Henry Petroski

About Henry Petroski

Henry Petroski - Remaking the World
Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. The author of a dozen previous books, he lives in Durham, North Carolina.

  • Remaking the World by Henry Petroski
  • December 29, 1998
  • Technology - Engineering; Science
  • Vintage
  • $16.95
  • 9780375700248

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