Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Two Materials Engineers on what really sank the Titanic

The Materials Engineers in question are Jennifer Hooper McCarty, who studied the "recovered material from the RMS Titanic" in her PhD research, and Tim Foecke, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and they have a book: What Really Sank the Titanic: New Forensic Discoveries Solve One of History's Deadliest Mysteries.

According to them, what really sank the Titanic were the weak rivets. The NYTimes' William J. Broad did a story on McCarty and Foecke's work. Their book's website has tons of links and some samples.

The pointer to McCarty's work comes to us via Women in Science (thanks, Peggy!), where you will also find McCarty's interview on the Colbert show.