Design pervades our lives. Everything from drafting a PowerPoint presentation to planning a state-of-the-art bridge embodies this universal human activity. But what makes a great design? In Success through Failure, distinguished engineer and author Henry Petroski argues that, time and again, we have built success not through easy imitation of prior success but on the back of failure. Now with a new preface by the author, this book uses a range of examples, from child-resistant drug packaging to the world's tallest skyscrapers, to reveal a pattern of social behavior with far-reaching implications. Success through Failure remains a landmark work for understanding the essence if invention.