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The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems

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From the acclaimed author of The Pencil and To Engineer Is Human, The Essential Engineer is an eye-opening exploration of the ways in which science and engineering must work together to address our world’s most pressing issues, from dealing with climate change and the prevention of natural disasters to the development of efficient automobiles and the search for renewable energy sources. While the scientist may identify problems, it falls to the engineer to solve them. It is the inherent practicality of engineering, which takes into account structural, economic, environmental, and other factors that science often does not consider, that makes engineering vital to answering our most urgent concerns.

Henry Petroski takes us inside the research, development, and debates surrounding the most critical challenges of our time, exploring the feasibility of biofuels, the progress of battery-operated cars, and the question of nuclear power. He gives us an in-depth investigation of the various options for renewable energy—among them solar, wind, tidal, and ethanol—explaining the benefits and risks of each. Will windmills soon populate our landscape the way they did in previous centuries? Will synthetic trees, said to be more efficient at absorbing harmful carbon dioxide than real trees, soon dot our prairies? Will we construct a “sunshade” in outer space to protect ourselves from dangerous rays? In many cases, the technology already exists. What’s needed is not so much invention as engineering.

Just as the great achievements of centuries past—the steamship, the airplane, the moon landing—once seemed beyond reach, the solutions to the twenty-first century’s problems await only a similar coordination of science and engineering. Eloquently reasoned and written, The Essential Engineer identifies and illuminates these problems—and, above all, sets out a course for putting ideas into action.

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Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. The

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"Poses compelling arguments about why the scientific community must work with engineers to address the world's most pressing environmental issues, explaining how engineering can offer solutions to structural and economic challenges. By the author of The Pencil."

Synopsis:

From the acclaimed author of The Pencil and To Engineer Is Human, The Essential Engineer is an eye-opening exploration of the ways in which science and engineering must work together to address our world's most pressing issues,

Table of Contents

Ubiquitous risk — Engineering is rocket science — Doctors and Dilberts — Which comes first? — Einstein the inventor — Speed bumps — Research and development — Development and research — Alternative energies — Complex systems — Two cultures — Uncertain science and engineering — Great achievements and grand challenges — Prizing engineering.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307593207
Subtitle:
Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Author:
Petroski, Henry
Author:
Henry, Petroski
Subject:
Science : Applied Sciences
Subject:
Technology & Engineering : Engineering (General)
Subject:
Research
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Engineering - General
Subject:
Applied Sciences
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Engineering-General Engineering
Subject:
History of Science-Technology
Subject:
Science Reference-Essays
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100223
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
274

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"Synopsis" by , Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. The
"Synopsis" by , "Poses compelling arguments about why the scientific community must work with engineers to address the world's most pressing environmental issues, explaining how engineering can offer solutions to structural and economic challenges. By the author of The Pencil."
"Synopsis" by , From the acclaimed author of The Pencil and To Engineer Is Human, The Essential Engineer is an eye-opening exploration of the ways in which science and engineering must work together to address our world's most pressing issues,
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