Design paradigms : case histories of error and judgment in engineering / Henry Petroski.

  • Cambridge [England] ; New York, N.Y. : Cambridge University Press 1994
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xii, 209 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • 0521461081
  • 9780521461085
  • 0521466490
  • 9780521466493
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-200) and index.
  • Introduction -- Paconius and the pedestal for Apollo : a paradigm of error in conceptual design -- Vitruvius's auger and Galileo's bones : paradigms of limits to size in design -- Galileo and the marble column : a paradigm of a design change for the worse -- Galileo's confirmation of a false hypothesis : a paradigm of logical error in design -- The design and collapse of the Dee Bridge : a paradigm of success masking error -- The Britannia tubular bridge : a paradigm of tunnel vision in design -- Failure as a source of engineering judgment : John Roebling as a paradigmatic designer -- The design climate for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge : a paradigm of the selective use of history -- Historic bridge failures and caveats for future designs -- Conclusion.
  • Bibliography
  • Illustrated
  • English

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