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The Existential Pleasures of Engineering (Thomas Dunne Book)

The Existential Pleasures of Engineering (Thomas Dunne Book)

The Existential Pleasures of Engineering (Thomas Dunne Book)
By Samuel C. Florman

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Book Description

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. In this second edition of his popular Existential Pleasures of Engineering, 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 endeavor 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.


Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #217810 in Books
  • Brand: St. Martin's Griffin
  • Published on: 1996-02-15
  • Released on: 1996-02-15
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.50" h x .51" w x 5.50" l, .45 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 224 pages

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Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review
...clear, erudite, and occasionally eloquent, a useful read for engineers given to self-scrutiny and a stimulating one for the layman interested in the ancient schism between machines and men's souls. -- Time Magazine

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“Gracefully written . . . refreshing and highly infectious enthusiasm . . . imaginatively engineered.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“A useful read for engineers given to self-scrutiny, and a stimulating one for the layman interested in the ancient schism between machines and men's souls.” ―Time

“An urbane, witty, intellectually far-ranging, large-spirited hymn to homo faber.” ―The Wall Street Journal

“Enchanting.” ―The New Yorker

About the Author

Samuel C. Florman, a civil engineer, has also written The Civilized Engineer and Blaming Technology, in addition to The Introspective Engineer. He lives in New York State.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Applies to technologists in any field, and still relevant today
By djK
As an engineering graduate and a practicing consultant writing software for a living, I believe the message in this book applies to everyone that works with technology, not just the "hard" engineering subjects like civil, mechanical, chemical, aerospace, etc. Since technology now is all around us and an inescapable part of most jobs, crafts and hobbies, this book also may be worth reading by all tinkerers and DIYers.

I couldn't put down the book and came away wishing I had read it before I went to engineering school. All the arguments ring true for me and it was a joy to read. I'll certainly be passing my copy along to my nieces currently in high school.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5intelligent, thoughtful essay
By James LaMar
It is very well-written and well-thought-out. Florman presents a lucid, intelligent review of the historical trends in Engineering--both pros and cons.
Even though I am not an engineer in real life, I had once hoped to become one and have fantasized being a Vulcan Engineer in Star Trek sites. So, although I am not a professional engineer, I completely respect such qualified persons and feel that they are indeed among the prime movers of civilization.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Easy and interesting read for an engineering student
By Amazon Customer
Easy and interesting read for an engineering student.

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