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Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

David Blockley

March 2012

ISBN: 9780199578696

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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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 its relationship with art, science, and technology.

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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 its relationship with art, science, and technology.

  • Examines the role and identity of engineering in comparison with science, technology, art, and craft
  • Defines the five ages of engineering - gravity, heat, electromagnetism, information, and systems - in order to show how the specialisms relate to one another
  • Uses examples of everyday 'tools', such as a mobile telephone, to describe how engineering actually works
  • Explores the historical development of engineering as a discipline

About the Author(s)

David Blockley, Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol

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 of Arts. He has written four other books including The Penguin Dictionary of Civil Engineering (2005).

Table of Contents

    1:From idea to reality
    2:The age of gravity - time for work
    3:The age of heat - you can't get something for nothing
    4:The age of electromagnetism - the power of attraction
    5:The age of information - getting smaller
    6:The age of systems - risky futures
    Glossary
    Further reading

Reviews

"Any engineer who has spent a few years out of the classroom can benefit from reading this tiny volume as a refresher course on some basic, yet key, concepts of engineering" - The Tech

"This concise book provides excellent references for further reading and is an affordable, quick read to brush up on engineering history and its modern-day application. It is even more powerful as a tool for non-engineers to understand how intimately engineering contributes to the quality of peoples' lives - and the consequences of success or failure." - Civil Engineering Journal

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