THE ATOMIC CHEF and Other True Tales of Design, Technology, and Human Error



First Edition * 288 pages * Hard Cover * 9 by 6 inches
ISBN 13: 978-0-9636178-6-6 * ISBN 10: 0-9636178-6-9
Fully Referenced


“Another tour de force... the quintessential ‘must read’ for all those who deal with technology in any fashion."
Peter Hancock, author of Essays on the
Future of Human-Machine Systems

“Masterful in the manner in which he draws the reader into each tale, using a descriptive language that translates technical situations into emotion-filled common experiences.”
Richard Hornick, Past President, Human
Factors and Ergonomics Society

“Vivid, immediate and spellbinding revelations about what happens when the way things are designed are incompatible with the way people think and act.”
Doug Harris, author of Organizational

“It’s more often accumulation of the ‘little things’ we accept than that one big problem... that can lead to disaster. Steve Casey points this out with interest and extreme clarity.”
Gene Cernan, Apollo XVII Commander

“Conveys not only memorable stories, but an understanding and appreciation for human factors and ergonomics seldom achieved for both professionals and non-professionals alike.”
Barry Beith, Past President, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

“Twenty compelling accounts of design-induced errors and their outcomes, sometimes humorous, sometimes horrific. In all cases, Steven Casey weaves the factual summaries into a story that provokes the reader into thinking about the ‘what ifs’ and the ‘only ifs,’ leaving it up to both designers and non-designers to remember the human-in-the loop.”
Robert J. Smillie, Technical Director, Human Systems Integration, US Navy

“A must-read for human factors/usability practitioners as well as for project managers and scientists who develop products. The joy of the text is that it unites the dual characteristics of entertaining reading plus scientific fact – an unusual and serendipitous combination.”
Peter Mitchell, University of Miami

“The Atomic Chef contributes much to increasing awareness of our collective responsibility for improving human-machine system design.”
Jerry R. Duncan, Director, Foundation for Professional Ergonomics

“Casey uses his great talents as a storyteller to describe why systems must be designed for expected human use and foreseeable misuse.” Brian Peacock, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University