Does anyone know of any good books about the engineering process? I'm not
talking about textbooks (I have more than enough of those), but stories that follow the development of a product. I recently finished Bill Cook's Road to the 707
and it was spellbinding to see them come up against totally unexpected problems and then figure out how to solve them. Books I've read in a similar vein are Rhode's The Making of the Atomic Bomb
or Grosser's Gossamer Odyssey
. Technical details are good, but the political details of all of these massive projects are always fascinating too.
I know I can't be the only dork who loves this kind of stuff.