Remaking the World --- by Henry Petrowski --- Petroski holds a degree in civil engineering; he is a practicing engineer; he is a prolific writer who has written over fourteen books as well as a PBS documentary presenter.(for mor about who and what he is, check out http://www.cee.duke.edu/faculty/henry-petroski . He is immersed in engineering. And yet, when he writes, as he does in this book, he does not write for the engineering community but for the wider community at large for whom engineering may be somewhat enigmatic. In this book, small though it may be, he examines topics on the subject of engineering: what is the image of the engineer; what does it take to get from the back of the envelope to the completed project; and engineering in the historical concept. He also speaks to some of the large accomplishments of engineering: the Panama Canal; the Ferris Wheel; and the Petronas Towers. Needless to say, Mr. Petrowski interest has a strong historical bent: most of the “great feats” of history in which he is interested and about which he writes are those already finished. Who knows what the future will hold? “Remaking the World” is an interesting book to read; it isn’t full of engineering/mathematical jargon: it is accessible to the lay person. You could do much worse than to spend a couple of hours with this book.
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