Henry Petroski is an extraordinary engineer who has been called the "poet laureate of technology." He explores the histories of everyday things and exposes them as engineering marvels.
Favorite titles include:
- The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance
- The Evolution of Useful Things
- The Book on the Bookshelf
Petroski writes about his personal life in Paperboy: Confessions of a Future Engineer and has several additional titles about engineering:
- Invention by Design: How Engineers Get From Thought To Thing
- To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design
- The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems
Always observant, Petroski reminds us "that if we forget the history of the technology that we're working in, we can be taken by surprise."