Contact Us Need Help? Call us 1800-987-323
Explore Departments
  Free shipping Australia wide

Lessons Amid the Rubble

  • Paperback
Sophisticated and engagingly written, this volume combines history, engineering, ethics, and philosophy to provoke a deep discussion about the symbolic meaning of buildings and other structures and the nature of engineering.
Lessons Amid the Rubble
$42.03 + free shipping
Ships from United Kingdom
Expected delivery Dec 12 – Dec 16
The aftermath of September 11, 2001, brought the subject of engineering-failure forensics to public attention as had no previous catastrophe. In keeping with the engineering profession's long tradition of building a positive future out of disasters, Lessons amid the Rubble uses the collapse of the World Trade Center towers to explore the nature and future of engineering education in the United States. Sarah K. A. Pfatteicher draws on historical and current practice in engineering design, construction, and curricula to discuss how engineers should conceive, organize, and execute a search for the reasons behind the failure of man-made structures. Her survey traces the analytical journey engineers take after a disaster and discusses the technical, social, and moral implications of their work. After providing an overview of the investigations into the collapse of the Twin Towers, Pfatteicher explores six related events to reveal deceptively simple lessons about the engineering enterprise, each of which embodies an ethical dilemma at the heart of the profession.
In tying these themes together, Pfatteicher highlights issues of professionalism and professional identity infused in engineering education and encourages an explicit, direct conversation about their meaning. Sophisticated and engagingly written, this volume combines history, engineering, ethics, and philosophy to provoke a deep discussion about the symbolic meaning of buildings and other structures and the nature of engineering.
Sarah K. A. Pfatteicher is a research professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an assistant dean in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The aim is to blend history, engineering, ethics, and philosophy into the design process with implications for the future curricula of engineering design courses. Choice Just the sort of resource that everyong from civil engineers to historians of technology will find helpful in guiding students to appreciate some of the complexities and subtleties of the profession and practice of engineering. -- Karl D. Stephan IEEE Technology and Society Magazine Pfatteicher's retrospective on more than 100 years of engineering history in North America through the lens of the 9/11 experience is a unique contribution to engineering self-understanding. It is a valuable contribution to ongoing reform in engineering education. -- Wang Nan Technology and Culture
Author
Sarah K.A. Pfatteicher
Publisher
Johns Hopkins University Press
Series
Johns Hopkins Introductory Studies in the History of Technology
Year
2010
ISBN-10
0801897203
ISBN-13
9780801897207
Format
Paperback
Imprint
Johns Hopkins University Press
Subtitle
An Introduction to Post-disaster Engineering and Ethics
Place of Publication
Baltimore, MD
Country of Publication
United States
Birth
1968
Short Title
LESSONS AMID THE RUBBLE
Language
English
Media
Book
DEWEY
624.171
Publication Date
2010-10-15
Pages
192
Audience Age
13
Illustrations
9, 8 black & white halftones, 1 black & white line drawings
FREE DELIVERY

Delivery is free to any Australian address. No matter where your item is going.

SECURE PAYMENT

We use 100% PCI DSS compliant payment services. That means your payment information is always protected, and never gets seen by anyone.

30 DAY RETURN POLICY

Return any item within 30 days of delivery. It doesn’t matter why you want to return your item, you can free of charge!