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1. Introduction 2. Paconius and the pedestal for Apollo: a paradigm of error in conceptual design 3. Vitruvius's Auger and Galileo's Bones: paradigms of limits to size in design 4. Galileo and the marble column: a paradigm of a design change for the worse 5. Galileo's confirmation of a false hypothesis: A paradigm of logical error in design 6. The design and collapse of the Dee Bridge: a paradigm of success masking error 7. The Britannia Tubular Bridge: A paradigm of tunnel vision in design 8. Failure as a source of engineering judgment: John Roebling as a paradigmatic designer 9. The design climate for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge: a paradigm of the selective use of history 10. Historic bridge failures and caveats for future designs 11. Conclusion References and bibliography Index.