[Item #6243] Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America. Henry Petroski.
Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America
Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America
Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America
Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America

Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America

ISBN: 0679439390
New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. “This book tells the stories of engineers who have dreamed and engineers who have toiled, of bridges of celebrity and bridges of burden, and it is about the nature of technology in human context.” (Preface Pg. 1) Henry Petroski (1942-2023) is not interested in delivering a dry textbook explanation implying that some of the greatest bridges in America were just government-ordained building projects completed swiftly and apolitically, instead revealing the much juicer details of how the men and women behind–and underneath–these bridges endured disaster and triumph alike before any of the bridges we cross today were good enough to take for granted. An engineer, professor, and author, Petroski taught civil engineering and history at Duke University and wrote over a dozen other books detailing industrial design, emphasizing both the flaws and feats. Petroski didn’t just know what a good bridge looked like, he knew what human resources it took to build a good bridge—and how bureaucracy and greed can quickly make a good bridge into a bridge that works for now. In addition to being an acclaimed professor, Petroski established himself as a refined technician earning accolades such as: appointed to the United States Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board in 2004 and again in 2008, received honorary degrees from Clarkson University, Manhattan College, Trinity College, and Valparaiso University, appointed a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and in 2014 was awarded the John P. McGovern Award for Science. From the collection of Russell Taylor Weil (b. 1927), a prominent retired attorney & collector from Washington, DC. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket; First Edition as stated at copyright page. First Printing though not explicated as such at copyright page. Book is As New with no discernable flaws; Dust jacket is Fine with some smudging on front and minor bumping around edges, minor tearing from bumping. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #6243]

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