Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. The author of a dozen previous books, he lives in Durham, North Carolina.
"Offers rare insights into principles of engineering and design." --The Washington Post Book World "Delightful . . . Mr. Petroski combines historical narrative with technical expertise to compelling affect." --New York Sun "I'll never look at a toothpick in the same way." --Jeri Krentz, The Charlotte Observer "Petroski writes . . . with the observant eye of an engineer and the imaginative heart of a novelist." --Los Angeles Times