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The Essential Engineer

The Essential Engineer by Henry Petroski
Mar 08, 2011 | 288 Pages
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“Analyzing both historical and contemporary examples, from climate change to public health, Petroski shows how science often overlooks structural, economic, environmental and aesthetic dimensions that routinely challenge engineers. Moreover, he says, sometimes science trails technology, as when engineers had to design the first moon landing vehicles before scientists learned its surface composition. Far from being hostile toward science, Petroski pleads for continued cooperation between science and engineering. When, as Petroski laments, even President Obama has sometimes omitted engineering in touting science, this book could hardly be more timely.”–Publishers Weekly 

“With customary acuity and variety, Petroski is sure to please his established readership with these interesting disquisitions on technology.” —Booklist 

Table Of Contents

1. Ubiquitous Risk
2. Engineering Is Rocket Science
3. Doctors and Dilberts
4. Which Comes First?
5. Einstein the Inventor
6. Speed Bumps
7. Research and Development
8. Development and Research
9. Alternative Energies
10. Complex Systems
11. Two Cultures
12. Uncertain Science and Engineering
13. Great Achievements and Grand Challenges
14. Prizing Engineering
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