Inviting Disaster: Lessons From the Edge of Technology (Paperback)

Inviting Disaster: Lessons From the Edge of Technology ReviewInviting Disaster, by technology and history writer James R. Chiles, is an unusual book: it appeals to the macabre desires that keep us riveted to highway accidents, while knowledgeably discoursing on the often preventable mistakes that caused them. At its heart are colorful stories behind more than 50 of the most infamous catastrophes that periodically chilled the advance of the industrial age. There are both those well remembered (the 1986 Challenger explosion, (more…)

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  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    strange and excellent book
    This is not a technical book. It’s a very clear discussion for the lay (though scientifically inclined) reader.

  2. 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Overall, an interesting book, but a little disjointed…I did enjoy this book. There was a lot of information presented that was simply fascinating.

  3. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Inviting Disaster
    This is a very interisting book. It shows how allmost all disasters start as a chane of mistakes, because of greed, lack of training, companiys hideing there mistakes, ect.

  4. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Important if non-technical
    “Many of the mishaps we prefer to regard as impossible aren’t impossible at all–they just take longer.” (pg.

  5. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Case after case which will change your mind about errors
    As I read this book, I was very impressed by the level of detail behind stories that I thought I knew from media.

  6. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Mandatory Reading For Safety Professionals
    Having read through this book twice in five years and beginning again is a refresher in keeping focused on safety.

  7. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Essential reading for modern life
    This book and Charles Perrow’s “Normal Accidents” are required reading. We live in and around complex and dangerous technologies which fail for known reasons.

  8. 3.0 out of 5 stars
    If you prefer depth over breadth, you won’t like this book.
    Chiles gives a vivid journalistic account of various accidents and disasters. The writing style is easy and popular -he clearly intends to reach a broad audience.

  9. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Interesting Stories, Important for Engineers but Hard to Distill Lessons From
    This is an interesting book consisting of a large number of engineering disasters and near misses. Each is treated with a brief investigative story explaining what happened and…

  10. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Resource
    Excellent collection of information about failed quality assurance programs and human performance errors.

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