Part II. Method

Which innovation leads to a successful design and which to a failure is not completely predictable. Each opportunity to design something new, either bridge or airplane or skyscraper, presents the engineer with choices that may appear countless. The engineer may decide to copy as many seemingly good features as he can from existing designs that have successfully withstood the forces of man and nature, but he may also decide to improve upon those aspects of prior designs that appear to be wanting.

HENRY PETROSKI

To Engineer Is Human

For any technology to become successful in the marketplace, certain things need to happen. A critical mass of users, who have proven success using the technology, needs to develop. This attracts investment ...

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