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Book TV at Duke University: Henry Petroski, "To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure"

Henry Petroski

About the Program

Henry Petroski talks about the role of engineers in our society and discusses why some designs eventually fail.  In his book, "To Forgive Design," Prof. Petroski looks at headline-making failures like the 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse, the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, and the Deep Water Horizon oil spill.  This interview, conducted at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham, North Carolina, is part of Book TV's College Series.        

 

About the Authors

Henry Petroski

Henry Petroski is a professor of civil engineering and a professor of history at Duke University.  His many books include, "To Engineer is Human," "Toothpick," "The Book on the Bookshelf," and "The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors."  

 


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Book TV at Duke University: Henry Petroski, "To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure"

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Past Airings

  • Monday, May 12th at 1:30am (ET)
  • Sunday, May 11th at 1:30pm (ET)
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