Daily Archives: June 15, 2010

The Essential Engineer by Henry Petroski

I thought that The Essential Engineer, by the author of one of my favorite books of all times, The Evolution of Useful Things,  would be a welcome vindication of engineers, who rarely get as much respect as scientists despite their contributions to our well-being. I was disappointed. I found the book to be an aggressive lamentation (really, whining at times and pugnacious otherwise — not a good combination) of the lowly status of engineers followed by rather disconnected stories of the miracles of engineering. the writing gets better as one keeps reading but the overall feeling is messy and disorganized, probably not what engineers would want.

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