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Petroski, H. (2008). Success through Failure: The Paradox of Design. Princeton University Press.
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Stefan, M. (2000). A CV of failures. Nature Publishing Group. Available here.
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Vavarella, E. (2015). Art, Error, And the Interstices of Power. Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts, 7(2), pp. 7-17.
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