An Engineer's Alphabet: Gleanings from the Softer Side of a by Henry Petroski

By Henry Petroski

Written via America's most renowned engineering storyteller and educator, this abecedarium is one engineer's number of options, quotations, anecdotes, proof, minutiae, and arcana when it comes to the perform, heritage, tradition, and traditions of his career. The entries replicate a long time of examining, writing, speaking, and puzzling over engineers and engineering, and variety from short essays to lists of significant engineering achievements. This paintings is geared up alphabetically and extra like a dictionary than an encyclopedia. it's not meant to be learn from first web page to final, yet quite to be dipped into right here and there because the temper moves the reader. In time, it's was hoping, this booklet should still turn into the resource to which readers pass first after they come across a obscure or vague connection with the softer aspect of engineering.

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235–239; and September– December 1946, pp. 10–12. Higgins later published “A Biographical Bibliography of Electrical Engineers and Electrophysicists” in Technology and Culture (Winter 1961, pp. 28–32; and Spring 1961, pp. 146–165). See also Higgins’s, “The Function of Biography in Engineering Education,” The Journal of Engineering Education, September 1941, pp. 82–92. Whether there is a biography of a specific engineer can often be determined via a comprehensive library catalog, such as that of the Library of Congress, a union catalog, or a suitable search engine.

The student teams compete to assemble the prefabricated parts of their bridge in the shortest period of time, and the completed bridge is then judged using weight, strength, stiffness, and aesthetic criteria. Such competitions have a strong pedagogical component, in that the students necessarily must apply what bug 41 they have learned in the classroom, and more, to a realistic project. bug. This common term for an error encountered in running a computer program has a history that is much older than the digital computer itself.

If there is not a clear policy in Centennial of Engineering 45 advance as to who will get one, there may be hard feelings. ” With the decline in prices that has come to be expected with popular electronic devices, the issue of who paid for calculators became moot. The design history of the electronic calculator is related concisely by Mike May in “How the Computer Got Into Your Pocket,” American Heritage of Invention & Technology, Spring 2000, pp. 47–54. For an indication of the state of the art of pocket calculators in the mid-1970s, and for illustrations of many of the calculators available at the time, along with their prices, see Gene Dallaire, “Pocket Electronic Calculators Zoom,” Civil Engineering, February 1975, pp.

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