The Resource Lessons amid the rubble : an introduction to post-disaster engineering and ethics, Sarah K.A. Pfatteicher

Lessons amid the rubble : an introduction to post-disaster engineering and ethics, Sarah K.A. Pfatteicher

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Lessons amid the rubble : an introduction to post-disaster engineering and ethics
Title
Lessons amid the rubble
Title remainder
an introduction to post-disaster engineering and ethics
Statement of responsibility
Sarah K.A. Pfatteicher
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Language
eng
Summary
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. --Publisher description
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1968-
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Pfatteicher, Sarah K. A.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TA656
LC item number
.P488 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Johns Hopkins introductory studies in the history of technology
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Structural failures
  • Disasters
  • Structural engineering
  • Disaster relief
Label
Lessons amid the rubble : an introduction to post-disaster engineering and ethics, Sarah K.A. Pfatteicher
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 145-175) and index
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Conclusion, "More time for the dreaming" : engineering curricula for the twenty-first century
  • "A
  • very imperfect process" : engineering problem-solving 101
  • "Finding hope in the ruins" : a short history of engineering disasters
  • "A
  • new era" : the limits of engineering expertise in a post-9/11 world
  • "Safe from every possible event" : how to strive for the impossible
  • "Architectural terrorism" : why moderation matters
  • "These material things" : passion and power in engineering
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
186 pages
Isbn
9780801899508
Lccn
2010001220
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)503307327
  • (OCoLC)ocn503307327
Label
Lessons amid the rubble : an introduction to post-disaster engineering and ethics, Sarah K.A. Pfatteicher
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 145-175) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Conclusion, "More time for the dreaming" : engineering curricula for the twenty-first century
  • "A
  • very imperfect process" : engineering problem-solving 101
  • "Finding hope in the ruins" : a short history of engineering disasters
  • "A
  • new era" : the limits of engineering expertise in a post-9/11 world
  • "Safe from every possible event" : how to strive for the impossible
  • "Architectural terrorism" : why moderation matters
  • "These material things" : passion and power in engineering
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
186 pages
Isbn
9780801899508
Lccn
2010001220
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)503307327
  • (OCoLC)ocn503307327

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