Engineering Structural Failures
Condition: Very Good-Contains black and white illustrations and photographs. Pages are clean overall. Binding is firm. Illustrations and photographs are bright and clear.
Published by Philosophical Library, New York (January 1, 1958)
With our increasing advances in engineering skill and knowledge and in the magnitude of our works, the need for the accurate and frank recording of "casualties and accidents" (a reference to Robert Stephenson's remarks in 1856) is of even greater importance than in Stephenson's time. Yet how rarely do we find a frank analysis of errors of design and execution in the papers read before professional societies. We can fully understand the desire of an engineer to conceal careless mistakes; with these we are not really concerned. It is in the genuine errors of judgment in design and execution, in the failure fully to understand site conditions and to foresee consequences that we are so vitally interested. Engineers do not serve their profession well if, in a desire to impress, they conceal their disasters.