An engineer's alphabet : gleanings from the softer side of a by Henry Petroski

By Henry Petroski

Written through America's most famed engineering storyteller and educator, this abecedarium is one engineer's number of innovations, quotations, anecdotes, evidence, minutiae, and arcana with regards to the perform, historical past, tradition, and traditions of his occupation. The entries mirror a long time of analyzing, writing, speaking, and puzzling over engineers and engineering, and variety from short essays to lists of significant engineering achievements. This paintings is equipped alphabetically and extra like a dictionary than an encyclopedia. it's not 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 booklet should still develop into the resource to which readers cross first after they come across a obscure or imprecise connection with the softer aspect of engineering
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Bridges with members thus battered or “bent” offered increased stability, especially in the presence of a swift river current that provided a serious risk of sideways collapse. While some designers of smaller bridges still use the classic bent configuration today, most large bridges are supported by reinforced concrete or Tau Beta Pi key, steel frames configured in such a way as known as “the to achieve lateral stability without the bent” trapezoidal geometry. ” Bents are also used to support other bridgelike structures, such as pipelines and aqueducts.

Smeaton employed the term “civil engineering” to distinguish his work for clients on windmills, lighthouses, harbors, and other civil works, from that of military engineering. 50 civil engineering Indeed, in its earliest usage, civil engineering simply referred to any engineering that was not military. As defined in the 1994 Official Register of the American Society of Civil Engineers: Civil Engineering is the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and physical sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of nature for the progressive well-being of humanity in creating, improving and protecting the environment, in providing facilities for community living, industry and transportation, and in providing structures for the use of mankind.

With the publication of his book, The Existential Pleasures of Engineering, in 1976, Samuel C. Florman (born in 1925), a registered professional engineer and vice president and general manager of a New York construction firm, became recognized as engineering’s books by and about engineers 37 most visible and articulate apologist. The book, which celebrates the profession of engineering and conveys the joys of its practice to a general readership, received wide praise from engineers and nonengineers alike, being reviewed in such general readership magazines as The New Yorker.

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