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Alvanna Oliphant October 11, 2007 Writ 1E Hochstetler Petroski, Henry. “Failure as a Source of Engineering Judgment” Henry Petroski’s article is about how it is necessary to study failure in order to become successful. He proves his point by using the case of John Roebling and his success story. Roebling became a successful bridge builder because he knew that he had to study past failures. I think that Petroski is right in the fact that people need to learn what went wrong with past projects to avoid failure in their own. I didn’t know that this
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Unformatted text preview: concept wasn’t universally known at that time. People are always saying that history repeats itself and people who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it. People usually learn from others mistakes, not repeat them. In the article it said that a company picked a brigde that was cheaper over a bridge that was safer. This made me mad to think that is was more important to save money than to save lives....
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course WRIT 1E, 2E taught by Professor Bright during the Fall '07 term at UCSB.

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