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ASK Bookshelf

  Here are descriptions of some books that we believe will interest ASK readers. An Engineers Alphabet, by Henry Petroski (Cambridge University Press, 2011) Author of The Evolution of Useful Things and The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance among other books, Henry Petroski has long been an astute and eloquent explainer of how […]

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ASK OCE Interview: Five Questions for Dr. Henry Petroski

ASK OCE — July 20, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 10   Dr. Henry Petroski, a professor of both civil engineering and history at Duke University, is one of the nation’s foremost writers on engineering.

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Success Through Failure

By Henry Petroski “Nothing succeeds like success” is an old saw with many different teeth — some still sharp and incising, some worn down from overuse, some entirely broken off from abuse.

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