Gibson was the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UoV. What he sought to do in this book (published posthumously) was to furnish the wet-eared engineering student with practical methodologies for assessing and designing Large Scale Systems. Gibson (and his editors) pepper the book with wry commentary on the foibles of Large Scale Failures in the past. I'm reading the book as a sort of as a guide for higher level, further-reaching problem solving techniques. If you're into efficiency, and are curious about the thinking style of the people responsible for your local infrastructure, then this one might be of interest.
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