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The Introspective Engineer - a book by Florman, Samuel C.

The Introspective Engineer

The Introspective Engineer( )
Author: Florman, Samuel C.
Publication Date:Sep 2013
Publisher:St. Martin's Press
Imprint:Saint Martin's Griffin
Book Format:Ebook
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The profession of engineering is rarely the topic of serious public discussion. Multimedia, virtual reality, information superhighway-these are the buzzwords of the day. But real engineers, the people who conceive of computers and oversee their manufacture, the people who design and build information systems, cars, bridges, and airplanes, labor in obscurity. There are no engineering heroes, and we as a society are poorer for this.

Like Florman's landmark book, The...
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Author Biography
Florman, Samuel C. (Author)
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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