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This is an auction for PUSHING THE LIMITS: NEW ADVENTURES IN ENGINEERING, by Henry Petroski. review:

“The popular Petroski has also been an essayist for American Scientist magazine. This collection of his articles contains parallels to the author's Engineers of Dreams, which explored America's totemic bridges. Bridge building may again be his dominant theme, but this time Petroski plumbs structures whose fame tends not to extend beyond professional engineering circles. People have been driving over the floating bridges of the state of Washington, the bridges on Oregon's coast, and the drawbridges of the Potomac River virtually oblivious to the wonderful stories they are speeding past. Petroski's essays, in which he pauses to consider their design and particularly how they stretched previous engineering experience, are as insightful and delightful to read as any of his full-length books. In addition to bridges, Petroski's pushing-the-limits title encompasses structures that have disastrously failed (the World Trade Center, Texas A & M's bonfire in 1999) or whose imagination is more durable than the likelihood of constructing them, such as a dam at the Strait of Gibraltar. Also profiling on-the-edge engineers such as Santiago Calatrava, Petroski again applies fine styling to the hardheaded world of civil engineering.”

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Paperback 2005.

288 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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