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Overview

In a world where engineering plays an increasingly important role, one wonders about the exact nature of the engineering experience in our time. In this second edition of The Existential Pleasures of Engineering, Samuel Florman perceptively explores how engineers think and feel about their profession. Dispelling the myth that engineering is cold and passionless, Florman celebrates it as something vital and alive. He views engineering as a response to some of our deepest impulses, rich in spiritual and sensual rewards. Opposing the "antitechnology" stance, Florman brilliantly emerges with a practical, creative, and fun philosophy of engineering that boasts his pride in his craft.

In a world where engineering plays an increasingly important role, one wonders about the exact nature of the engineering experience in our time. In this book, Florman expertly and perceptively explores how engineers think and feel about their profession, dispelling the myth that engineering is cold and passionless, and celebrating it as something vital and alive.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312275464
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1977
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2000

    What a boost!

    Although I haven't finished it yet, this book has been a great source of inspiration. It lets me know that what I do is good and appreciated. As a civil engineer, I design mostly infrastructure. These are things that generally go unoticed after time (water towers, sewer mains, water mains, airport improvements). This book details how others before me have achieved peace knowing that they have contributed greatly to the improvement of the society. A good read.

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