Existential Pleasures of Engineering

ISBN-10: 0312141041
ISBN-13: 9780312141042
Edition: 2nd 1994 (Revised)
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List price: $17.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 2/15/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836

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.

An American civil engineer and vice-president of Kreisler Borg Florman Construction Company, Samuel Florman was influenced personally and professionally by his liberal undergraduate education at Dartmouth College as well as by his graduate studies at Columbia University, where he received an M.A. Florman's first book, Engineering and the Liberal Arts (1968), highlights the importance of a liberal arts education for engineers. As a result of the book's popularity, Florman was invited to speak at universities about the role of technology and engineering in society. During the emergence of science/technology/society studies as an academic field of study in the mid-1970s, Lewis Lapham invited Florman to write a series of articles for Harper's. Between 1976 and 1980, Florman wrote dozens of articles and eventually became a contributing editor at Harper's. He also regularly contributes to Technology Review. In his subsequent books, The Existential Pleasures of Engineering (1977) and Blaming Technology (1982), Florman expresses his concern about a growing antitechnological backlash and a decline in the status of engineers. Florman's style eschews bitterness and delightfully conveys his belief that "technological creativity is a wondrous manifestation of the human spirit."

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