Mary's Library

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Father's Day (cont.)

Henry Petroski is an engineer who teaches at Duke University. I’ve been reading his books for some time now and I’ve never been disappointed in his ability to mesmerize his reader with the details of the way things are put together.

I can remember a snowy day some years ago at a bed and breakfast in Bellingham, Washington, being entertained by someone reading aloud at the breakfast table from Pencil A History of Design and Circumstance (©1992.) Another of my favorites is Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering (©1997.)

Petroski's most recent book is Success Through Failure: The Paradox of Design (©2006.)

Any of these would make a fine Father’s Day gift.

Tomorrow, something for the father who's an avid reader of history.


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