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Author Petroski, Henry.

Title The essential engineer : why science alone will not solve our global problems / Henry Petroski.

Published New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.


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 UniM Bail  620 PETR    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description x, 274 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-258) and index.
Contents 1. Ubiquitous Risk -- 2. Engineering Is Rocket Science -- 3. Doctors and Dilberts -- 4. Which Comes First? -- 5. Einstein the Inventor -- 6. Speed Bumps -- 7. Research and Development -- 8. Development and Research -- 9. Alternative Energies -- 10. Complex Systems -- 11. Two Cultures -- 12. Uncertain Science and Engineering -- 13. Great Achievements and Grand Challenges -- 14. Prizing Engineering.
Summary "The Essential Engineer is an 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."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Technological innovations -- Popular works.
Engineering -- Popular works.
Technology and civilization -- Popular works.
Research -- Popular works.
Problem solving -- Popular works.
Science -- Popular works.
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