Petroski, Henry

 

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Catherine Petroski

Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University.  Besides the two books featured in his Rorotoko interviews, The Essential Engineer and The Toothpick, he has also authored thirteen others—including To Engineer Is Human, Design Paradigms, Engineers of Dreams, Invention by Design, The Evolution of Useful Things, Small Things Considered, and Success through Failure.  Henry Petroski is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, and an Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.


On Rorotoko:


On his book The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems
(Our Cover Feature of March 26, 2010)

On his book The Toothpick: Technology and Culture
(Our Cover Feature of January 02, 2009)