Henry Petroski

Henry Petroski

All conventional wisdom has an element of truth to it, but good design requires more than an element of truth - it requires an ensemble of correct assumptions and valid calculations.More Henry Petroski quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The bookshelf, like the book, has become an integral part of civilization as we know it, its presence in a home practically defining what it means to be civilized, educated, and refined.More Henry Petroski quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Engineering, like poetry, is an attempt to approach perfection. And engineers, like poets, are seldom completely satisfied with their creations. They notice, even if no one else does, the world that is not quite le mot juste, or the hairline crack that blemishes the structure.More Henry Petroski quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Whether or not science can be applied to that mental construct [i.e. the designed entity] is a matter of availability. If there is body of scientific knowledge that can be applied, then it would be foolish not to exploit it. However, if there is none, it does not mean that the thing cannot be designed, made, and used safely.More Henry Petroski quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Any design, whether its for a ship or an airplane, must be done in anticipation of potential failures.More Henry Petroski quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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