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u/PbPosterior · 16 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

Apollo 13 was supposed to land several astronauts on the moon in 1970. About 2/3 of the way to the moon, a construction error resulted in an explosion in one of the oxygen tanks.
Despite having a severely damaged spacecraft, an incredible effort on the part of NASA engineers and the Apollo 13 astronauts themselves resulted in a safe return to Earth. It was a 'successful failure' in that the mission was a failure, but incredibly successful that everyone made it home.

It is really an interesting against-all-odds kind of story. If you're interested, you can read about it on Wikipedia, check out the book Lost Moon, or watch the 1995 movie Apollo 13 staring Tom Hanks. The movie takes a few dramatic liberties, but is a pretty accurate portrayal of the events.

u/Justin72 · 7 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

I read a book some years back that I want to say was called "Black Hole Sun", but as I type this I'm pretty sure the title was similar, but not this. It was about the nuclear weapons program from its inception to the later days of live testing. That being said the Book was beyond good, and pretty much changed my reading habits from almost all fiction to almost all non-fiction. If anyone knows what the title of the book was I'd love to know.

EDIT: never mind... Found it "Dark Sun" by Richard Rhodes You can get it here

u/jackimus_prime · 3 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

If you’re genuinely curious, Normal Accidents has a whole chapter devoted to maritime accidents. It isn’t the most engaging read, but it certainly does provide a good perspective on high risk technologies.

u/WalterBright · 1 pointr/CatastrophicFailure

I know the Zero was designed to make it very quick to change engines. Herman the German:

"Japanese design philosophy was far advanced, intelligent and interesting. Like today's automobiles imported from the Land of the Rising Sun, the Zero included many creative innovations. Its oil cooler, oil tank, American-type propeller and engine were assembled into one single unit held with only four big nuts to the plane's firewall (the front of a fuselage). All fuel, oil, pressure, temperature and other service lines were connected into a single, simple, "quick-disconnect" junction box. To install or remove a complete Japanese power plant together with its propeller and oil cooler system took twenty-five to thirty minutes, while a similar job on its American counterpart, the Curtiss P-40 or newer North American P-51, needed five to eight hours! Such dramatic time advantage meant very much in a combat area, where an extra plane in the air could mean a victory while one left on the ground could become
a loss due to strafing or bombing by the enemy. The Zero's right and left wings were one integral assembly with the cockpit, to save the weight of flanges and bolts. Its landing gear was light, weighing one-third of a P-40's. Other components of the Zero such as the gunsight or oxygen system were similar to or copies of German and
Russian designs."

u/When_Ducks_Attack · 2 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

Life In The Fast Lane

If you're a F1 fan from the before the current ESPN years, you know Matchett as the tech guy form SPEED/NBCSN's coverage of F1 for... since at least 2004, and probably before that.

Oh, and yes, Motorsport not Autosport. I'm an old man who can't remember where he read things an hour ago.

u/SweetBearCub · 1 pointr/CatastrophicFailure

> Back to Skyrim on smart watches it goes!

Pffft. Skyrim on Alexa is for the Nords!

"[Wake word], open Skyrim"

u/jimmythefly · 1 pointr/CatastrophicFailure

Ha! I hadn't thought of this in YEARS. I learned it from the book Currahee! (about parachuting into Normandy in WWII) which I picked up from a library sale sometime back in grade school many years ago. Looks like it's been reprinted a few times since then and still available. It's a quick read, and an interesting first-person account of war.

u/PrincessZig · 3 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

It’s the cover of one of my favorite books I used in college. I still keep it on my desk. Error Analysis by John Taylor

u/NinjaLanternShark · 2 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

The book The Checklist Manifesto talks about how the air travel industry overhauled itself after some high-profile, avoidable disasters. It's fascinating, as is the rest of the book.

On the whole the book basically asks "How do normal people, who make normal mistakes, manage to do incredibly complex things, nearly perfectly, nearly every time?"

u/Tonker83 · 3 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

This one? I remember it being like what you're talking about.

u/MaginTheBranded · 2 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

A study after the fact found that some of our most used bombs were subject to “accidental” detonation. I forget the bomb but I think it was mounted on a rotary rack on a B-52. If you want to know more read this wonderful book Command and Control.

u/Doctor_Anger · 1 pointr/CatastrophicFailure

This image is used in one of my all time favorite textbook covers of all time: Introduction to Error Analysis

u/compuhyperglobalmega · 5 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

If this is interesting to you, I recommend the book "Normal Accidents" by Charles Perrow:

u/ginger_bredman · 3 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

I just picked up this book about this shipwreck.

u/MiG31_Foxhound · 17 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

Of course I don't mind! I hope it grabs you in the same way it has me. ^.^ First, let me preface by saying, at great risk to my perceived integrity, that the wiki articles for both are fantastically fleshed-out synopses. They're great primers, so to speak. For more in-depth analysis, though:

Chernobyl: - This is the starting point and ending point. It's intimidating as hell, so save it for last, but I'm obligated to list it first because it is the source on this accident. - This is a way more personal and far less "accurate" one, strictly speaking. It's written by a dissident ex-Soviet biologist who first brought Kyshtym to public attention in the West. It's spirited, brooding, personal, and reflects on the social and political factors which led to the accident. However, Medvedev was not privy to nearly the sort of documentary support that would become available in the following decade (it was written a mere six years after the explosion). - Los Alamos tries to wrap its head around the accident. It's dated, but it discusses the central role of Medvedev in getting information into the public/scientific discourse, the parallels between Handford and Kyshtym, etc.

Mayak: This is a problem, because there's not much published about it yet. My fiancee recently bought me a copy of Kate Brown's Plutopia (, and it looks promising. Other than that, it's mostly speculation. Ozersk is still a closed city, Mayak is still operational, and Russia is correspondingly tight-lipped about it. - Brief, but relevant as it's a primary source, under the auspices of the Defense Nuclear Agency. Again, whispers and supposition with some hints of factual support.

u/MerchantMariner36 · 12 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

x-post from r/vessels

This really hits close to home. I lost a friend and two acquaintances on the El Faro. I've also had a family member serve on her back in the '90s. And I sailed on the ship that took over her run in the Caribbean. It's amazing how few people have even heard of this event.

There's a book coming out soon that you can pre-order on Amazon all about the disaster.

Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro

u/Rafeno760 · 3 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

Sadly, I dont think so :( The amazon store might have a Kindle version with a translation

u/Honkey_McCracker · 6 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

Night Fall (Large Print)

This is a great book about this. It is fiction, but damn if it didn't get me thinking.


The ending ties into the 9/11 attacks.

u/warm_kitchenette · 9 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

You might dig into Normal Accidents, a meta analysis of disasters. It's a staggering overview of million-dollar disasters.

The Wiki summary is also good. He describes the formula for a disaster as a complex, tightly coupled system where failures can lead to catastrophes. (As opposed to, say, a complex, tightly coupled system for allocating resources to farmers.)