An engineer's alphabet : gleanings from the softer side of a by Henry Petroski

By Henry Petroski

Written by means of America's most famed engineering storyteller and educator, this abecedarium is one engineer's choice of techniques, quotations, anecdotes, proof, trivialities, and arcana in terms of the perform, background, tradition, and traditions of his career. The entries mirror many years of analyzing, writing, conversing, and puzzling over engineers and engineering, and variety from short essays to lists of significant engineering achievements. This paintings is equipped alphabetically and extra like a dictionary than an encyclopedia. it's not meant to be learn from first web page to final, yet fairly to be dipped into right here and there because the temper moves the reader. In time, it's was hoping, this ebook may still develop into the resource to which readers move first once they come across a obscure or imprecise connection with the softer part of engineering
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It was the site of the 1919 PGA Championship. In Manhattan, at Fifth Avenue and East 90th Street, the entrance to New York City’s Central Park is designated Engineers Gate. Although such a designation may refer to mechanics and artisans, who were often referred to as engineers in the nineteenth century, the name is one that can be appreciated by professional engineers today. Parsons Boulevard, a prominent street in the New York Borough of Queens and an important express stop on the subway line connecting it to Manhattan, is named after William Barclay Parsons (1859–1932), a distinguished engineer who was responsible for building the original New York City subway system.

The one-hundredth anniversary of engineering in America was celebrated in 1952 to coincide with the centennial of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the country’s first permanent national professional engineering organization. At the time of the society’s founding, the term “civil engineer” included all engineers who were not military engineers, and so the organization welcomed those practicing the rudiments of what would later come to be called mining, mechanical, and other forms of engineering.

Market for heating-boiler safety controls. The letter sought an interpretation of ASME’s Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code regarding boiler feed-water indicating devices. The two individuals drafting the letter were also, respectively, the chairman and vice chairman of the ASME subcommittee on heating boilers, and the chairman drafted a response to the letter of inquiry. The resulting interpretation of the code was claimed to have been used by salesmen of McDonnell & Miller to discredit Hydrolevel’s product.

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