By Henry Petroski
Written through America's most renowned engineering storyteller and educator, this abecedarium is one engineer's number of options, quotations, anecdotes, evidence, minutiae, and arcana when it comes to the perform, background, tradition, and traditions of his career. The entries mirror many years of examining, writing, speaking, and wondering engineers and engineering, and diversity from short essays to lists of serious engineering achievements. This paintings is equipped alphabetically and extra like a dictionary than an encyclopedia. it isn't meant to be learn from first web page to final, yet particularly to be dipped into right here and there because the temper moves the reader. In time, it truly is was hoping, this e-book should still develop into the resource to which readers cross first after they come across a imprecise or imprecise connection with the softer part of engineering.
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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. C. World wide web-based search engines are naturally helpful for locating more recent biographies; however, they cannot be wholly relied on to uncover biographies written before the computer age. There are many notable autobiographies written by engineers, including that by James Nasmyth (1808–1890), the Scottish engineer.
The classic work of engineering biography is the nineteenth-century multiple-volume Lives of the Engineers, by Samuel Smiles (1812–1904). Smiles was a Scottish writer, editor, and reformer who in 1857 began to publish a series of biographies of leaders in British industry, presenting the engineer as a hero and role model. Smiles’s Lives of the Engineers was published serially in 1861–62 and became very popular, remaining in print throughout the Victorian era. The Lives provided a popular introduction to engineering through heroic portraits of engineers such as Thomas Telford and George and Robert Stephenson.
As we learned later, city workers had inadvertently cut some buried power lines outside the hotel. The resumption of power to the projector was thanks to the quick-thinking organizer of the meeting, who had pulled his truck up on the sidewalk and run a series of three extension cords – scavenged from around the ballroom – between his truck’s DC-to-AC inverter and the projector. The second outage occurred when someone tripped over the cords, separating them. I eventually did get through my PowerFailurePoint presentation, and it appeared to be well-received, no doubt as much for the quick thinking and fast response of the engineer-organizer as for my dogged determination to complete the talk.