An eloquent, witty and perceptive celebration of our deepest creative impulses, 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’
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.
Florman celebrates engineering as 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.
Why, asks Samuel Florman, has engineering sunk into such disfavour? We are all dependent on engineers and the benefits they can provide. Florman delivers a creative, practical and fun philosophy of engineering that will boost his profession.
Stimulating and illuminating, this book opens our eyes to the inner need to build, invent and manipulate, which only engineering can satisfy.
Samuel Florman is a writer as a 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 and he is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the New York Academy of Sciences.