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The Existential Pleasures of Engineering

by Samuel C. Florman

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Complex collection of essays written over the course of several years defending the Engineer as a professional of the highest order. Well written from a stylistic standpoint. Florman takes the reader through the highwater mark of engineering (industrial revolution) to its demise (dawn of the nuclear age). Many of the essays are talks given to other engineering societys but they are accessable to people from other disciplines as well. This book was highly recommended to me by an engineer friend who got me my own copy. Not a brilliant work, but a good counterbalance to some of the 'science' writing being done today which tends toward the rhetorical more than the rational. Florman is dated but more persuasive than science-desk journalism or journal contributors. ( )
  sacredheart25 | Apr 5, 2013 |
A rare defense of masculinity, and a brilliantly compiled ethos. ( )
  mr.lewis | May 27, 2009 |
A nice, concise apologetics for engineering; chicken soup for the engineer's soul, and a succinct summary of its major foci and philosophies. ( )
  erk | Nov 30, 2008 |
This is an excellent book that explains why engineers do their job. It is a must for anyone interested in understanding the human nature of engineers. ( )
  all4metals | Sep 3, 2007 |
Florman defends engineering as a fulfilling and worthwhile endeavour. Alas, he's probably preaching to the choir, as only an engineer would pick up a book with this title. ( )
1 vote lorin | May 19, 2006 |
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