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Harvard University Press: Spring 2012 Catalog

Harvard University Press: Spring 2012 Catalog

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Harvard University Press's Spring 2012 Announcement Catalog offers an introduction to our latest scholarship in Classics, Economics, Humanities, Law, Politics, Religion, Science, Social Science, as well as general interest titles and new paperbacks.
Harvard University Press's Spring 2012 Announcement Catalog offers an introduction to our latest scholarship in Classics, Economics, Humanities, Law, Politics, Religion, Science, Social Science, as well as general interest titles and new paperbacks.

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Published by: Harvard University Press on Nov 01, 2011
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 When planes crash, bridges collapse, and automobile gas tanks explode, we are quick to blamepoor design. But Henry Petroski says we must look beyond design for causes and corrections.Known for his masterly explanations of engineering successes and failures, Petroski here takeshis analysis a step further, to consider the larger context in which accidents occur.In
To Forgive Design 
he surveys some of the most infamous failures of our time, fromthe 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse and the toppling of a massive Shanghai apartment build-ing in 2009, to Boston’s prolonged Big Dig and the 2010 Gulf oil spill. These avoidable disasters reveal the interdependency of people and machines within systems whose complex behav-ior was undreamt of by their designers, until it was too late.Petroski shows that even the simplest technology is embeddedin cultural and socioeconomic constraints, complications, andcontradictions.Failure to imagine the possibility of failure is the mostprofound mistake engineers can make. Software developersrealized this early on and looked outside their young field, tostructural engineering, as they sought a historical perspectiveto help them identify their own potential mistakes. By explain-ing the interconnectedness of technology and culture and thedangers that can emerge from complexity, Petroski demon-strates that we would all do well to follow their lead.
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isthe Aleksandar S. VesicProfessor of CivilEngineering andProfessor of History atDuke University.
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