Dimensions: 352 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 0.79 in
Published: December 17, 2012
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1591842409
ISBN - 13: 9781591842408
Read from the Book
To Engineer Is Human HENRY PETROSKI Reviewed by Todd Everything fails it is just a matter of when. Parents forewarn their children that failure is common even likely, through the nursery rhymes of "Humpty Dumpty" and "Jack and Jill". Our first steps and first bike rides without the training wheels give us an idea of what failure feels like, literally. As we find our balance, scraped-up knees and bruised pride happen less frequently. Henry Petroski begins his book, To Engineer Is Human, by revisiting these same children''s tales, cautioning us again, and with an engineer''s eye, describing a world more reminiscent of London Bridge. Due to their design, the pen on your desk is likely to last for months while your automobile will likely get you from point A to B for many years, their life spans governed by a balance between function, aesthetic, and economy. Engineers arbitrate those competing forces when bringing an idea into the material world. This arbitration, as Petroski describes it, is something closer to art than science. But sometimes, Petroski warns, art comes at the expense of sound engineering and construction. The construction of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City called for a grand atrium with two walkways suspended from the ceiling by a set of rods that ran through both structures. The single rod mechanism was replaced, during early planning with two separate rods to simplify construction and utilize standard fabrication techniques. This small change left the s
From the Publisher
Thousands of business books are published every year- Here
are the best of the best
After years of reading, evaluating, and selling business books,
Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten are among the most respected
experts on the category. Now they have chosen and reviewed the one
hundred best business titles of all time-the ones that deliver the
biggest payoff for today's busy readers.
The 100 Best Business Books of All Time puts each book in
context so that readers can quickly find solutions to the problems
they face, such as how best to spend The First 90 Days in
a new job or how to take their company from Good to Great.
Many of the choices are surprising-you'll find reviews of
Moneyball and Orbiting the Giant Hairball, but
not Jack Welch's memoir.
At the end of each review, Jack and Todd direct readers to other
books both inside and outside The 100 Best. And sprinkled
throughout are sidebars taking the reader beyond business books,
suggesting movies, novels, and even children's books that offer
equally relevant insights.
This guide will appeal to anyone, from entry-level to CEO, who
wants to cut through the clutter and discover the brilliant books
that are truly worth their investment of time and money.
About the Author
Jack Covert (right) is the founder and president
of 800-CEOREAD, a specialty business book retailer that began as a
subsidiary of the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops.
Todd Sattersten (left) is the company?s vice
president. Both read countless business books every year and review
many of them on their Web site and blog.