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Design Paradigms by Henry Petroski

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Failure as a Source of Engineering Judgment

John Roebling as a Paradigmatic Designer

 

 

 

The first and most indispensable design tool is judgment. It is engineering and design judgment that not only gets projects started in the right direction but also keeps a critical eye on their progress and execution. Engineering judgment, by whatever name it may be called, is what from the very beginning of a conceptual design identifies the key elements that go to make up an analytical or experimental model for exploration and development. It is judgment that separates the significant from the insignificant details, and it is judgment that catches analysis going astray. Engineering judgment is the quality factor among those countless quantities that ...

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