The Existential Pleasures of Engineering

The Existential Pleasures of Engineering

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by Samuel C. Florman
     
 

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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

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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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466842366
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/15/1996
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
340,414
File size:
409 KB

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.


Samuel C. Florman, a civil engineer, is a principal in a major New York-area construction company. In addition to scores of articles, Mr. Florman is the author of the novel The Aftermath, as well as The Introspective Engineer, The Civilized Engineer, Blaming Technology, and his classic, The Existential Pleasures of Engineering. He lives in New York City.

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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.