An Engineer's Alphabet: Gleanings from the Softer Side of a by Henry Petroski PDF

By Henry Petroski

Written through America's most renowned engineering storyteller and educator, this abecedarium is one engineer's number of concepts, quotations, anecdotes, proof, trivialities, and arcana in terms of the perform, heritage, tradition, and traditions of his occupation. The entries mirror many years of examining, writing, speaking, and brooding about engineers and engineering, and variety from short essays to lists of serious engineering achievements. This paintings is equipped alphabetically and extra like a dictionary than an encyclopedia. it isn't meant to be learn from first web page to final, yet fairly to be dipped into the following and there because the temper moves the reader. In time, it's was hoping, this ebook should still develop into the resource to which readers move first after they stumble upon a obscure or imprecise connection with the softer facet of engineering.

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The resumption of power to the projector was thanks to the quick-thinking organizer of the meeting, who had pulled his truck up on the sidewalk and run a series of three extension cords – scavenged from around the ballroom – between his truck’s DC-to-AC inverter and the projector. The second outage occurred when someone tripped over the cords, separating them. I eventually did get through my PowerFailurePoint presentation, and it appeared to be well-received, no doubt as much for the quick thinking and fast response of the engineer-organizer as for my dogged determination to complete the talk.

Some badges are very understated and subtle, with no letters or symbols readily recognizable by the uninitiated. The badge of the National Academy of Engineering, for example, is simply a small navy-blue ribbon rosette about three-eighths of an inch in diameter. Institutions in the British tradition usually have crests and their members tend to wear neckties or scarves bearing the society crest or logo, although American societies are less likely to emphasize such sartorial trappings. Still, these societies do frequently display distinctive banners at meetings and their prouder members often wear society badges or pins on their lapel, especially if these distinguish the wearer as belonging to a higher membership class.

MIT Press, 1992), which soon became widely read for its insights into the importance of visual and other forms of nonverbal thinking to engineering design and education. : Society for the History of Technology and MIT Press, 1968). James Kip Finch. James Kip Finch (1883–1967) wss a member of the engineering faculty at Columbia University from 1910 to 1952, during which time he also served as dean. He wrote about the history of that institution, engineering education, and engineering generally.

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