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 A good book to put engineering in perspective is To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design and others by Petroski.

John Lamberg writes: 

I have read some of Petroski's works, with To Engineer is Human my favorite (should be required reading for all undergrad engineering students that intend to be design engineers as well as anyone assigned to an engineering Failure Analysis Team), with Success through Failure: The Paradox of Design a not too distant second. I'll withhold comment on his March 2012 release, To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure, until I read it.

Along the theme of engineering failures, Fenyman's account of his role on the NASA Challenger disaster commission is a solid gold classic. Here's a brief clip.
 


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  1. Edward Lam on July 20, 2012 2:39 am

    Reminds me of Manu Kapur, Singapore Institute of Education:
    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-be-brilliant/201207/why-floundering-is-good
    Undoubtedly learning through failure is a good thing; are certain kinds of failure better than others though?

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