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It Looked Good on Paper: Bizarre Inventions, Design Disasters, and Engineering Follies

It Looked Good on Paper: Bizarre Inventions, Design Disasters, and Engineering Follies
  

Includes military, scientific, commercial, and infrastructure disasters such as: The Lead water pipes of Rome; Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse; Edison's electrical folly; Betamax; Concorde crash; Hubble - A $2 billion telescope that didn't work; the Mars probe failures due to simp... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780061358432
Barcode 9780061358432
Published 15 January 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Fawcett, Bill
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ISBN-13 9780061358432
ISBN-10 0061358436
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date 15 January 2009
International Publication Date 1 February 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Fawcett, Bill
Category Inventions & Inventors
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 281g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress History, Inventions, Curiosity and wonders
NBS Text Technology: General & Reference
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 608
Catalogue Code 57801

Description of this Book

Gathered in this book is a collection of flawed plans, half baked ideas, and downright ridiculous machines that, with the best and most optimistic intentions, men have constructed throughout history. Included are such military, scientific, commercial, and infrastructure disasters as: The Lead water pipes of Rome; Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse; Edison's electrical folly; Betamax; Concorde crash; Hubble - A $2 billion telescope that didn't work; the Mars probe failures due to simple math mistakes; Cold Fusion; and, Ford Pinto. Some failed spectacularly, others fizzled after great expense, and one crashed on Mars. While this is a book about ideas and things men make that have failed, it is not a technical manual. Rather it is a fun collection that shows how an otherwise brilliant designer, scientist, architect, or doctor can often spend years or millions creating something that a few small bits of common sense would have prevented.

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Author's Bio

Bill Fawcett is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including You Did What?, It Seemed Like a Good Idea . . . , How to Lose a Battle, and You Said What? He lives in Illinois.

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