The Existential Pleasures of Engineering

Author: Samuel Florman

Publisher: Souvenir Press

ISBN: 0285642502

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 300

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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. 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 endeavour 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. Why, asks Samuel Florman, has engineering sunk into such disfavour? Can engineers be blamed for pollution, the desecration of the landscape, a lack of taste? Samuel Florman is himself a distinguished and erudite engineer and he sets out to dispel the myth that has darkened the image of his profession, celebrating it as a vital, living force that is an essential part of human nature, rich in spiritual and sensual rewards. We are all dependent on engineers and the benefits they can provide, in opposing the fashionable 'anti-technology' stance, Florman emerges triumphantly with a creative, practical and fun philosophy of engineering that will boost his profession. Stimulating and illuminating, this book opens our eyes to the inner need to build, invent and manipulate, which only engineering can satisfy. This is essential reading for all who seek to understand their primal instincts. An eloquent, witty and perceptive celebration of our deepest creative impulses, an informative account of the modern-day engineer's experience of his/her profession.
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The Existential Pleasures of Engineering

Author: Samuel C. Florman

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312141042

Category: Science

Page: 205

View: 1089

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.
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The Civilized Engineer

Author: Samuel C. Florman

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312025595

Category: Science

Page: 258

View: 1874

Discusses how science and technology have virtually become national obsessions, and covers topics as diverse as the shuttle disaster, engineering ethics, and the promise and limits of technology
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Scharade der Liebe

Roman

Author: Catherine Coulter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783453770812

Category:

Page: 317

View: 8090

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Good Guys, Wiseguys, and Putting Up Buildings

A Life in Construction

Author: Samuel C. Florman

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429941081

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 1043

Good Guys, Wiseguys, and Putting Up Buildings is an engaging memoir about one man's career in construction--rising to the top of an industry renowned for crime, corruption, violence, physical danger, and the chronic risk of financial catastrophe. Starting in the Navy Seabees at the end of WWII, Samuel C. Florman made his way as a general contractor in New York City through the period of explosive development, private exuberance and the historic growth of publicly supported housing--all amidst the rise of the notorious Mafia families, and evolution of the Civil Rights Movement. His storied career brought him into contact with a variety of personalities: politicians and civil servants, developers and technocrats, saintly do-gooders and corrupt rapscallions. Along with the rousing adventures there were satisfactions of a different sort: the enchantment of seeing architecture made real; the pride of creating housing, hospitals, schools, places of worship--shelter for the body and nourishment for the spirit.
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Messer, Gabel, Reissverschluss

Die Evolution der Gebrauchsgegenstände

Author: Henry Petroski

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3034861893

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 342

View: 1085

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The Introspective Engineer

Author: Samuel C. Florman

Publisher: St Martins Press

ISBN: 9780312139872

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 244

View: 2779

The author of the classic The Existential Pleasures of Engineering now offers an exciting look at how engineering and engineers can shape the future of our society. Florman issues a clarion call to society, stating that individuals must awaken to the reality that the continuing quality of life is dependent upon increasingly creative technological solutions to the world's problems.
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Kata Bunkai

Die geheimen Techniken im Karate

Author: Helmut Kogel

Publisher: Meyer & Meyer

ISBN: 3840325250

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 248

View: 826

Geheime Techniken werden im Karate oft angesprochen, bleiben jedoch weitgehend unerschlossen. Dieses Buch führt systematisch in die Geheimnisse der Kampfkunst ein und orientiert sich dabei an den Techniken aus den traditionellen Karate Kata. Langjährige Studien bei Meistern aus Japan und Okinawa und bei Spezialisten aus anderen Ländern liegen dem aktuellen Buch zu Grunde. Die Zusammenhänge zwischen Kyushotechniken, der chinesischen Akupunktur und der westlichen Vorstellung über neurologische Funktionen werden erklärt. Anhand neuartiger Grafiken wird der Einstieg für den Leser wesentlich erleichtert. Zahlreiche Varianten von Techniken aus der Selbstverteidigung werden systematisch dargestellt und didaktisch neu aufgearbeitet. Im Mittelpunkt stehen die geheimen Techniken, die in den Kata des Karate verschlüsselt sind. Die Praktikabilität der Bunkai (Anwendungen) aus den Kata entscheidet über den Sinn der jeweiligen Interpretation. Es ist der Weg zurück zu den Wurzeln. "Wer den Weg Fluss aufwärts nicht geht, wird nie zur Quelle gelangen."
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Index Farbe

Author: Jim Krause

Publisher: mitp Verlags GmbH & Co. KG

ISBN: 9783826613067

Category:

Page: 357

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Books in Print

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

View: 9273

Books in print is the major source of information on books currently published and in print in the United States. The database provides the record of forthcoming books, books in-print, and books out-of-print.
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Buyer's Guide

1999-2000

Author: William White

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Library science

Page: N.A

View: 9649

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Library Journal

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Libraries

Page: N.A

View: 8477

Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.
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Epidemiologie

Author: Leon Gordis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783932091636

Category: Epidemiology

Page: 365

View: 6807

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Design

Die ganze Geschichte

Author: Elizabeth Wilhide

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783832199296

Category:

Page: 576

View: 3688

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