Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | March 1, 2012

byDavid Blockley

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Engineering is part of almost everything we do - from the water we drink and the food we eat, to the buildings we live in and the roads and railways we travel on. In this Very Short Introduction, David Blockley explores the nature and practice of engineering, its history, its scope, and itsrelationship with art, craft, science, and technology. He considers the role of engineering in the modern world, demonstrating its need to provide both practical and socially acceptable solutions, and explores how engineers use natural phenomena to embrace human needs. From its early roots starting with Archimedes to some of the great figures of engineering such as Brunel and Marconi, right up to the modern day, he also looks at some of its challenges - when things go wrong - such as at Chernobyl. Ultimately, he shows how engineering is intimately part of who andwhat we are.

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Engineering is part of almost everything we do - from the water we drink and the food we eat, to the buildings we live in and the roads and railways we travel on. In this Very Short Introduction, David Blockley explores the nature and practice of engineering, its history, its scope, and itsrelationship with art, craft, science, and tec...

Professor Blockley is an engineer and an academic scientist. He has been Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bristol. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, and the Royal Society...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199578699

ISBN - 13:9780199578696

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1. From idea to reality2. The age of gravity - time for work3. The age of heat - you can't get something for nothing4. The age of electromagnetism - the power of attraction5. The age of information - getting smaller6. The age of systems - risky futuresGlossaryFurther reading