Henry Petroski

Henry Petroski

The plain wooden toothpick, it may be argued, is among the simplest of manufactured things. It consists of a single part, made of a single material, intended for a single purpose-from which it gets its simple name. It is also among the most convenient and ready of things. It can be used directly out of the box-there being no instructions to read, no parts to assemble, no priming or booting required, and no maintenance expected. When it has served its purpose, it is simply discarded.More Henry Petroski quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There's so much written about the Titanic, and it's hard to separate what's fact and what's fiction. My understanding is that the way the Titanic was designed, the emphasis was placed on surviving a head-on collision.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]
Form follows failure.More Henry Petroski quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Engineering is achieving function while avoiding failure.More Henry Petroski quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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