Remaking The World: Adventures In Engineering by Henry PetroskiRemaking The World: Adventures In Engineering by Henry Petroski

Remaking The World: Adventures In Engineering

byHenry Petroski

Paperback | December 29, 1998

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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
Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History at Duke University, where he also serves as chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The author of seven previous books, he has received grants from the National Science Foundation and fellowships from the Nationa...
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Title:Remaking The World: Adventures In EngineeringFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.97 × 5.16 × 0.54 inPublished:December 29, 1998Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375700242

ISBN - 13:9780375700248

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read This book makes you think about things that you might see everyday in a whole different way. It makes you stop for a minute and realize the work that went into some of the inventions and designs that we have today. Who would have ever thought that there was more to Karl Terzaghi, Raphl Peck and Charles Augustin Coulomb than just three formulas that we had to memorize in Soil Mechanics? Once you read and learn about the work these men did it doesn't seem like it was really that much work to memorize what they spent years coming up with. I think every (Civil) engineer should take the time to read this book. You will have a greater appreciation of what we have learned in school once you are done. The best thing about this book (all of Petroski's work for that matter) is that you don't have to be an engineer to read it. Petroski's writing is just as relevant and interesting for any person to read. If nothing else it just might give you more of an appreciation of what engineers of the past have done for us and what the engineers of the future might accomplish.
Date published: 2005-03-20

Table of Contents

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

From Our Editors

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, Henry Petroski reveals the effects the Titanic disaster had on the engineering community of 1912 and details the construction of Malaysia's 1,482-foot Petronas Towers.Here, too, are the stories of the personalities behind the wonders, from Isambard Kingdom Brunel, designer of nineteenth-century transatlantic steamships, to Charles Steinmetz, oddball genius of the General Electric Company. 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.