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By Henry Petroski

ISBN-10: 1107015065

ISBN-13: 9781107015067

Written by way of America's most renowned engineering storyteller and educator, this abecedarium is one engineer's collection of suggestions, quotations, anecdotes, proof, trivialities, and arcana in terms of the perform, heritage, tradition, and traditions of his occupation. The entries replicate a long time of examining, writing, speaking, and pondering engineers and engineering, and variety from short essays to lists of significant engineering achievements. This paintings is geared up alphabetically and extra like a dictionary than an encyclopedia. it's not 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's was hoping, this ebook may still develop into the resource to which readers cross first once they stumble upon a obscure or vague connection with the softer facet of engineering.

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It was a harsh code: for example, if a house collapsed and killed its owner, the builder was put to death. Strictly speaking, however, the Code of Hammurabi is more a moral than a building code in the engineering sense, because it is punitive rather than prescriptive of load limits and other quantitative measures intended to obviate failure. A standard is an agreed upon design practice, procedure, or specification of an industry or profession. The development of standards is generally identified as a sign of professionalism, in which voluntary committee efforts go toward writing standards that are adopted widely.

The idea of an identifying badge remains in the form of the name tags that are expected to be worn by attendees at meetings, ostensibly to present their names to strangers, but in fact increasingly to serve as a mark of the registration fee having been paid. At some meetings, staff members of the sponsoring society serve as guards at the entrance to meeting rooms to turn away anyone, even speakers who had already contributed their thoughts and time to preparing a paper for presentation, without a valid registration badge.

Albans. ” See J. G. : MIT Press, 1964). codes and standards. Building codes are basically local laws or regulations governing construction within a jurisdiction. It is often said that the first “building code” was the four-millennia-old Code of Hammurabi, which held Babylonian builders responsible for the houses they built. It was a harsh code: for example, if a house collapsed and killed its owner, the builder was put to death. Strictly speaking, however, the Code of Hammurabi is more a moral than a building code in the engineering sense, because it is punitive rather than prescriptive of load limits and other quantitative measures intended to obviate failure.

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