Content by Henry Petroski
Henry Petroski
Member Since: September 28, 2011
Blog Posts: 15
Posts: 7

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Petroski on Engineering: Design Begets Design
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12/4/2012  15 comments
New designs have a variety of origins. Some are prompted by necessity, some by desire, and some by just plain playfulness.
Lessons From Paper Clips
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11/7/2012  21 comments
There always seems to be new challenges for the inventor of the paper clip.
Petroski on Engineering: Mobile & Stabile Art
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10/1/2012  2 comments
Understanding the background of anything that is designed makes us realize that everything can be connected to everything else.
Petroski on Engineering: Everyone Loves Good Design
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9/10/2012  23 comments
Unlike buildings, which hide their engineering behind architectural facades, bridges tend to lay bare their structural design features.
Petroski on Engineering: Checking In & Checking Out Design
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8/2/2012  11 comments
It is relatively easy to find fault with something that we ourselves have not designed, arranged, or prepared.
Petroski on Engineering: Checklists & Design
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7/2/2012  21 comments
A properly devised checklist for design could prevent mistakes from being made.
Petroski on Engineering: a Geography of Design
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6/1/2012  15 comments
The more technically inclined may not be immune to being influenced by outward appearances, but they are also interested in what is inside.
Petroski on Engineering: Engineering & Civilization
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5/3/2012  33 comments
Experience, both good and bad, guides us in extending the state of the art toward new limits.
Petroski on Engineering: Anticipating Failure for Successful Design
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4/3/2012  32 comments
Failures can provide lessons and wisdom in a newly proposed design, plan, or policy.
Petroski on Engineering: Envelopes of Experience
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3/19/2012  21 comments
Computer-generated drawings may be the new standard, but hand-drawn and designed work is admired.
Petroski on Engineering: Armchair Design & Analysis
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2/2/2012  25 comments
The tray table that folds in half for stowage in the armrest of an airline seat is something admired for its design ingenuity, but long cursed for its operational opaqueness and flimsiness.
Petroski on Engineering: The Normalization of Deviance
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1/5/2012  33 comments
Normalized deviance has plagued the oil drilling industry, where at least some companies have allegedly let the financial bottom line dominate decision-making.
Petroski on Engineering: Made in Japan
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11/30/2011  18 comments
According to Duke University engineering professor Henry Petroski, Japan may not be a leader in prize-winning science, but it certainly is a force to be reckoned with in consumer products.
An Engineer's Alphabet of Thoughts on Design
11/8/2011  17 comments
Duke University engineering professor Henry Petroski offers his unique list of technically oriented A to Z definitions.
Distinguishing Between Scientists & Engineers
10/3/2011  52 comments
News media often identify engineers as scientists and engineering achievements as scientific ones.

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