Representation and misrepresentation: Tufte and the Morton Thiokol engineers on the Challenger

  title={Representation and misrepresentation: Tufte and the Morton Thiokol engineers on the Challenger},
  author={Wade L. Robison},
  journal={Science and Engineering Ethics},
  • W. Robison
  • Published 2002
  • Engineering
  • Science and Engineering Ethics
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