To Engineer is Human

Stories behind great engineering successes

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We talk about aesthetic and functional design far more often than we talk about engineering design. This book shows that behind every great engineering success is a series of “failures” (catastrophic ones) that engineers learn from in order to build something that meets the needs of society. This book is wonderfully written and looks at real massive scale engineering—bridges, roads, buildings, and more. To design something in an engineering sense is to build something that hasn’t existed before, but with that comes the need to understand what has come before and how it has both worked and not worked.