The Existential Pleasures of Engineering by Samuel C Florman
Samuel C. Florman
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. Samuel Florman explores how engineers think and feel about their profession in The Existential Pleasures of Engineering.
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 endeavour rich in spiritual and sensual rewards. Opposing the “anti-technology” stance, Florman gives readers a practical, creative, and even amusing philosophy of engineering.
We are all dependent on engineers and the benefits they can provide. Florman delivers a creative and practical philosophy of engineering that will boost his profession. Stimulating and illuminating, he opens our eyes to the inner need to build and invent.
An eloquent, witty and perceptive celebration of our deepest creative impulses, The Existential Pleasures of Engineering is an informative account of the modern-day engineer’s experience of his/her profession.
“An urbane, witty, intellectually far-ranging, large-spirited hymn to homo faber.”
‘The Wall Street Journal’
Sam Florman is a writer as well as a practicing engineer and vice-president of Kreisler Borg Florman Construction Company. Florman was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1995, he is also a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the New York Academy of Sciences.
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