Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Read Today: Why Things Break by Mark E. Eberhart

I read this hoping for another writer like Henry Petroski, and was slightly disappointed. Eberhart has an MIT Ph.D. in materials science and teaches and researches in various areas of chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines. This book is one-half an abbreviated professional memoir (mostly starting as he was thinking about grad school) and one-half a semi-popular account of his own research into fragility.

I was hoping for a somewhat broader book, one which was not so focused on one person's life and career. It was interesting, and I enjoyed reading it, but it wasn't quite what I thought it would be.

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