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From the Ferris wheel to the integrated circuit, feats of engineering have changed our environment in countless ways. Here are the stories of the personalities behind the wonders, as well as the wonders themselves.'
Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History at Duke University, where he also serves as chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The author of seven previous books, he has received grants from the National Science Foundation and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center. From the Hardcover edition.