"It is both a sad and a happy fact of engineering history that disasters have been powerful instruments of change. Designers learn from failure. Industrial society did not invent grand works of engineering, and it was not the first to know design failure. What it did do was develop powerful techniques for learning from the experience of past disasters."
~Edward Tenner, Why Things Bite back: Technology and the Revenge Effect
The Ill-Fated "Titanic" Being Docked at Belfast Prior to Her Entry in Service. Shipping Illustrated: VOL. XXXIX. - No. 494. New York, Saturday, April 20, 1912.
St. Francis Dam (1928)
Tacoma Narrows Bridge (1940)
Love Canal (1978)
Three Mile Island (1979)
Kansas City Hyatt Regency Walkways (1981)
Space Shuttle Challenger (1986)
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (1986)
World Trade Center (2001)
Space Shuttle Columbia (2003)
New Orleans Levees (2005)
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