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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.

Review:

"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

Review:

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

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

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"The book's real charm lies in the countless anecdotes and bits of historic and engineering trivia that pepper each essay....Petroski's plain-English summaries of engineering fundamentals make this a rewarding read..." Christine Larson, Forbes

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"A disappointingly flat collection....[Petroski] largely leaves out the ingredient that would really enlighten the reader — the engineering itself." Kirkus Reviews

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"Always well written...this is an excellent choice for general collections with a literate readership interested in technology — and a good gift for the engineers on your Christmas list." Library Journal

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Science/Engineering

"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

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-226) and index.

About the Author

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 National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center.

Table of Contents

Preface
Images of an Engineer 3
Alfred Nobel's Prizes 12
Henry Martyn Robert 25
James Nasmyth 34
On the Backs of Envelopes 47
Good Drawings and Bad Dreams 56
Failed Promises 69
In Context 78
Men and Women of Progress 88
Soil Mechanics 97
Is Technology Wired? 107
Harnessing Steam 117
The Great Eastern 126
Driven by Economics 146
The Panama Canal 157
The Ferris Wheel 171
Hoover Dam 184
The Channel Tunnel 194
The Petronas Towers 203
Acknowledgments and Bibliography 213
List of Illustrations 227
Index 229

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375700248
Author:
Petroski, Henry
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Engineering - General
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Engineering
Subject:
Engineering-General Engineering
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
January 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.06x5.32x.52 in. .53 lbs.

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"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Petroski [is] America's poet laureate of technology....Remaking the World is another fine book."
"Review" by , "Remaking the World really is an adventure in engineering."
"Review" by , "The book's real charm lies in the countless anecdotes and bits of historic and engineering trivia that pepper each essay....Petroski's plain-English summaries of engineering fundamentals make this a rewarding read..."
"Review" by , "A disappointingly flat collection....[Petroski] largely leaves out the ingredient that would really enlighten the reader — the engineering itself."
"Review" by , "Always well written...this is an excellent choice for general collections with a literate readership interested in technology — and a good gift for the engineers on your Christmas list."
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , Science/Engineering

"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

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