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Title The Existential Pleasures of Engineering
Author Samuel C. Florman
Publisher Souvenir Press
Release Date 2013-10-01
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 300
ISBN 9780285642508
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Humans have always sought to change their environment--building houses, monuments, temples, and roads. In the process, they have remade the fabric of the world into newly functional objects that are also works of art to be admired. Samuel Florman explores how engineers think and feel about their profession in The Existential Pleasures of Engineering. Florman celebrates engineering not only crucial and fundamental but also vital and alive; he views it as a response to some of our deepest impulses, an endeavour rich in spiritual and sensual rewards. Opposing the "anti-technology" stance, Florman gives readers a practical, creative, and even amusing philosophy of engineering. We are all dependent on engineers and the benefits they can provide. Florman delivers a creative and practical philosophy of engineering that will boost his profession. Stimulating and illuminating, he opens our eyes to the inner need to build and invent. An eloquent, witty and perceptive celebration of our deepest creative impulses, The Existential Pleasures of Engineering is an informative account of the modern-day engineer's experience of his/her profession.

Title The Existential Pleasures of Engineering
Author Samuel C. Florman
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1976
Category Engineering
Total Pages 160
ISBN 0312275455
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Existential Pleasures of Engineering
Author Samuel Florman
Publisher Souvenir Press
Release Date 2013-10-01
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 300
ISBN 9780285642508
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Humans have always sought to change their environment--building houses, monuments, temples, and roads. In the process, they have remade the fabric of the world into newly functional objects that are also works of art to be admired. Samuel Florman explores how engineers think and feel about their profession. A deeply insightful and refreshingly unique text, this book corrects the myth that engineering is cold and passionless. Indeed, Florman celebrates engineering not only crucial and fundamental but also vital and alive; he views it as a response to some of our deepest impulses, an endeavour rich in spiritual and sensual rewards. Opposing the "anti-technology" stance, Florman gives readers a practical, creative, and even amusing philosophy of engineering that boasts of pride in his craft. Why, asks Samuel Florman, has engineering sunk into such disfavour? Can engineers be blamed for pollution, the desecration of the landscape, a lack of taste? Samuel Florman is himself a distinguished and erudite engineer and he sets out to dispel the myth that has darkened the image of his profession, celebrating it as a vital, living force that is an essential part of human nature, rich in spiritual and sensual rewards. We are all dependent on engineers and the benefits they can provide, in opposing the fashionable 'anti-technology' stance, Florman emerges triumphantly with a creative, practical and fun philosophy of engineering that will boost his profession. Stimulating and illuminating, this book opens our eyes to the inner need to build, invent and manipulate, which only engineering can satisfy. This is essential reading for all who seek to understand their primal instincts. An eloquent, witty and perceptive celebration of our deepest creative impulses, an informative account of the modern-day engineer's experience of his/her profession.

The Introspective Engineer by Samuel C. Florman

Title The Introspective Engineer
Author Samuel C. Florman
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date 2013-09-24
Category Science
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781466853263
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The profession of engineering is rarely the topic of serious public discussion. Multimedia, virtual reality, information superhighway-these are the buzzwords of the day. But real engineers, the people who conceive of computers and oversee their manufacture, the people who design and build information systems, cars, bridges, and airplanes, labor in obscurity. There are no engineering heroes, and we as a society are poorer for this. Like Florman's landmark book, The Existential Pleasures of Engineering, The Introspective Engineer is a clarion call to society. We must awaken to the reality that the quality of human life depends on increasingly creative technological solutions to the problems we face. We need cleaner, more economical engines, faster computers, more power, and a healthier planet if we are to survive. It is engineers who will lead us to this future.

The Civilized Engineer by Samuel C. Florman

Title The Civilized Engineer
Author Samuel C. Florman
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date 2014-04-22
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781466868571
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Civil engineer Samuel C. Florman's The Civilized Engineer is aimed at both those observing and commenting externally on engineering, and the practicing engineer—to reveal something of the art behind great engineering achievements, and to stimulate debate upon the author's hypothesis that "in its moment of ascendance, engineering is faced with the trivialization of its purpose and the debasement of its practice."

Blaming Technology by Samuel C. Florman

Title Blaming Technology
Author Samuel C. Florman
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date 2014-04-08
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781466867796
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Blaming Technology: The Irrational Search for Scapegoats is Samuel C. Florman's 1981 discussion of the state of technology and engineering in the United States, including the pros and cons, and the public's perceptions and opinions.

Title Good Guys Wiseguys and Putting Up Buildings
Author Samuel C. Florman
Publisher Macmillan
Release Date 2012-03-13
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781429941082
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Good Guys, Wiseguys, and Putting Up Buildings is an engaging memoir about one man's career in construction--rising to the top of an industry renowned for crime, corruption, violence, physical danger, and the chronic risk of financial catastrophe. Starting in the Navy Seabees at the end of WWII, Samuel C. Florman made his way as a general contractor in New York City through the period of explosive development, private exuberance and the historic growth of publicly supported housing--all amidst the rise of the notorious Mafia families, and evolution of the Civil Rights Movement. His storied career brought him into contact with a variety of personalities: politicians and civil servants, developers and technocrats, saintly do-gooders and corrupt rapscallions. Along with the rousing adventures there were satisfactions of a different sort: the enchantment of seeing architecture made real; the pride of creating housing, hospitals, schools, places of worship--shelter for the body and nourishment for the spirit.

Title Getting Sued and Other Tales of the Engineering Life
Author Richard L. Meehan
Publisher MIT Press
Release Date 1983-05
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 257
ISBN 0262630893
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An engineer's autobiographical sketches describe some of the challenges, problems, and rewards of his career

Title Environmental Ethics For Engineers
Author Alastair S Gunn
Publisher CRC Press
Release Date 2018-01-18
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 160
ISBN 9781351088664
Language English, Spanish, and French
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We have used this book, manuscript form, as supplemental reading in our environmental engineering classes at Duke University. The discussion of ethics is usually reserved for the final few days of class, when the students should start asking so what? about course material. We respond to this question by covering the principles of ethics in one lecture and spending two or more sessions discussing various readings. Engineering students who have spent four years learning how to crunch numbers and to solve technical problems to three significant figures admit that the study of environmental ethics introduces new and exciting concepts into their professional thinking, and provides a perspective which otherwise would be missing from their education.

Title Engineering and the Liberal Arts
Author Samuel C. Florman
Publisher Macmillan
Release Date 2015-12-15
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 278
ISBN 9781466884991
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Technologist's Guide to History, Literature, Philosophy, Art, and Music. From the author who inspired inaugural poet Richard Blanco! Now available in ebook for the first time, Engineering and the Liberal Arts remains a fresh and provocative book, using the familiar world of technology to guide a new generation of engineers through the stimulating world of the liberal arts. Beginning with a penetrating and enlightening discussion of how exposure to the arts can enrich and reward nearly every aspect of an engineer's life, Samuel Florman—himself a decorated engineer with over fifty years' experience in the field—boldly explores the natural relationship between liberal arts and technology. Sweeping away traditional barriers separating the two fields, Florman establishes a rich and vital communication of ideas between scientist and artist. By linking the history of technology to world history, the truth of science to philosophy, utility of form to painting and sculpture, and the world of view of the engineer to literature, Florman builds a series of bridges connecting science to art. A complete survey of the arts in and of itself, this impressive volume constitutes an introduction to the infinite variety of pleasures afforded through study of the liberal arts, paving the way to a richer, fuller life for the engineer.

Title The Unwritten Laws of Business
Author W. J. King
Publisher Lulu Press, Inc
Release Date 2019-12-05
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9781794783805
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Every once in awhile, there is a book with a message so timeless, so universal, that it transcends generations. The Unwritten Laws of Business is such a book. Originally published over 60 years ago as The Unwritten Laws of Engineering, it has sold over 100,000 copies, despite the fact that it has never been available before to general readers. Fully revised for business readers today, here are but a few of the gems you’ll find in this little-known business classic: If you take care of your present job well, the future will take care of itself. The individual who says nothing is usually credited with having nothing to say. Whenever you are performing someone else’s function, you are probably neglecting your own. Martyrdom only rarely makes heroes, and in the business world, such heroes and martyrs often find themselves unemployed.

The Aftermath by Samuel C. Florman

Title The Aftermath
Author Samuel C. Florman
Publisher Macmillan
Release Date 2003-03-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 1429973935
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The year is 2010 and the world as we know it has come to an end. A huge comet has smashed into the earth off the coast of California, vaporizing and generating a fiery rain that engulfs the globe in a destructive holocaust. But at the opposite pole of the planet, there is a "safe zone" encompassing part of the southeast African shore and the southern tip of Madagascar where the damage is extensive but not total. Spared from destruction is a luxury cruise ship, the Queen of Africa, which carries 600 of the world's leading engineers. These outstanding technologists, traveling with their immediate families, are engaged in a seminar dedicated to finding solutions to humanity's eternal needs-shelter, food, energy, environmental preservation, and the like. But when the impact of the comet sends shock waves around the world, the passengers' first priority is to abandon ship for terra firma. Thus they head for the South African coast to begin the task of "starting over." In KwaZulu Natal the passengers find a surviving community of about 25,000, including many experienced agricultural and industrial workers. These people have been cast back, physically, to the Stone Age, but intellectually they are at the forefront of technological progress in the 21st century, and they have at their disposal the natural resources needed to embark on an industrial revolution. So begins an epic adventure of rebuilding the world from scratch, but in an unpredictable, and sometimes hostile, environment, survival itself may be the real challenge. The Aftermath is a provocative adventure story that provides a scientifically sound blueprint for surviving Armageddon.

Designing Engineers by Louis L. Bucciarelli

Title Designing Engineers
Author Louis L. Bucciarelli
Publisher MIT Press
Release Date 1994
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 220
ISBN 0262023776
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Engineering observations - The object - Cosmology - Ecology - Design discourse - Endings.

Title Engineering A Very Short Introduction
Author David Blockley
Publisher OUP Oxford
Release Date 2012-03-22
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 152
ISBN 9780191633706
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Engineering is part of almost everything we do - from the water we drink and the food we eat, to the buildings we live in and the roads and railways we travel on. In this Very Short Introduction, David Blockley explores the nature and practice of engineering, its history, its scope, and its relationship with art, craft, science, and technology. He considers the role of engineering in the modern world, demonstrating its need to provide both practical and socially acceptable solutions, and explores how engineers use natural phenomena to embrace human needs. From its early roots starting with Archimedes to some of the great figures of engineering such as Brunel and Marconi, right up to the modern day, he also looks at some of its challenges - when things go wrong - such as at Chernobyl. Ultimately, he shows how engineering is intimately part of who and what we are. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Title What Engineers Know and how They Know it
Author Walter Guido Vincenti
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1990
Category Science
Total Pages 326
ISBN UOM:39015043798878
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"The biggest contribution of Vincenti's splendidly crafted book may well be that it offers us a believably human image of the engineer."--Technology Review. Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology. Merritt Roe Smith, Series Editor.

Title 101 Things I Learned in Engineering School
Author John Kuprenas
Publisher Crown
Release Date 2018-04-03
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 216
ISBN 9781524761974
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Providing unique, accessible lessons on engineering, this title in the bestselling 101 Things I Learned® series is a perfect resource for students, recent graduates, general readers, and even seasoned professionals. An experienced civil engineer presents the physics and fundamentals underlying the many fields of engineering. Far from a dry, nuts-and-bolts exposition, 101 Things I Learned® in Engineering School uses real-world examples to show how the engineer's way of thinking can illuminate questions from the simple to the profound: Why shouldn't soldiers march across a bridge? Why do buildings want to float and cars want to fly? What is the difference between thinking systemically and thinking systematically? This informative resource will appeal to students, general readers, and even experienced engineers, who will discover within many provocative insights into familiar principles.

Engineering And The Mind S Eye by Eugene S. Ferguson

Title Engineering and the Mind s Eye
Author Eugene S. Ferguson
Publisher MIT Press
Release Date 1992
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 241
ISBN 026256078X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The things that engineers design are everywhere, and the influence that engineershave on daily life is far out of proportion to their numbers. In this expanded version of aremarkable essay published in Science more than a decade ago, Eugene Ferguson takes a probing lookat the process of engineering design, arguing that despite modern technical advances, goodengineering is still as much a matter of intuition and nonverbal thinking as of equations andcomputation.Ferguson, who has been successively a mechanical engineer, a technical museum curator,and a teacher of the history of technology, uses examples ranging from the development of theAmerican axe to the collapse of the Hartford Coliseum and the performance of the Hubble spacetelescope to illustrate the ways in which visual thinking enriches engineering and the ways in whichengineering that relies solely on technical sophistication can go wrong. He argues that a system ofengineering education that ignores this heritage of nonverbal thinking will produce engineers whoare dangerously ignorant of the many ways in which the real world differs from the mathematicalmodels constructed in academic minds.In Engineering and the Mind's Eye, Ferguson discusses thenature of engineering design and traces the development of visual and other nonverbal thinking,offering examples of how engineers and other technologists have used such strategies since theRenaissance. Accompanying these examples, and demonstrating the ways in which engineers have sharedtheir knowledge, is a parallel text of illustrations showing how visual thinking has been expressedover the past five centuries. Ferguson concludes his provocative account by arguing that engineeringeducation since 1945 has been skewed toward analytical techniques - which are easiest to teach andevaluate - and away from the art of engineering design as taught by experienced engineers.EugeneFerguson is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Delaware.

Design Paradigms by Aleksandar S Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History Henry Petroski

Title Design Paradigms
Author Aleksandar S Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History Henry Petroski
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 1994-05-27
Category Art
Total Pages 209
ISBN 0521466490
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Case histories of engineering success and failure are presented to enrich understanding of the design process.

To Engineer Is Human by Henry Petroski

Title To Engineer is Human
Author Henry Petroski
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Release Date 2018-10-16
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781250228079
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“Though ours is an age of high technology, the essence of what engineering is and what engineers do is not common knowledge. Even the most elementary of principles upon which great bridges, jumbo jets, or super computers are built are alien concepts to many. This is so in part because engineering as a human endeavor is not yet integrated into our culture and intellectual tradition. And while educators are currently wrestling with the problem of introducing technology into conventional academic curricula, thus better preparing today’s students for life in a world increasingly technological, there is as yet no consensus as to how technological literacy can best be achieved. " I believe, and I argue in this essay, that the ideas of engineering are in fact in our bones and part of our human nature and experience. Furthermore, I believe that an understanding and an appreciation of engineers and engineering can be gotten without an engineering or technical education. Thus I hope that the technologically uninitiated will come to read what I have written as an introduction to technology. Indeed, this book is my answer to the questions 'What is engineering?' and 'What do engineers do?'" - Henry Petroski, To Engineer is Human

Inventing Modern by John H. Lienhard

Title Inventing Modern
Author John H. Lienhard
Publisher Oxford University Press on Demand
Release Date 2005-05
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 292
ISBN 9780195189513
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An exploration of the technology and drive that marked the first half of the twentieth century identifies cultural concepts that prompted unprecedented advancements, citing the author's own observations of the era's developments from the perspective of a child and a newcomer to America. By the author of The Engines of Our Ingenuity. (Technology)