2 thoughts on “Philosophy of Engineering: What It Is and Why It Matters

  1. Ish


    I very much enjoyed reading this paper and am interested in reading more on Philosophy of Engineering. There are many references to sort through, so my question is this : “Where would you start?”

    Can you recommend 3-5 references which would serve as a solid springboard?

    1. enelson Post author

      Thanks very much, glad to hear. If I were to choose a few, I would go with the following…

      Ferguson, E. S. (1992). Engineering and the mind’s eye., Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
      Goldman, S. L. (1991). “The social captivity of engineering.” In Critical perspectives on nonacademic science and engineering, ed. Paul T. Durbin, 121-145. Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh University Press.
      Vincenti, W. G. (1990). What engineers know and how they know it. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
      Billington, D. P. (1983) The Tower and the Bridge. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
      Florman, S. C. (1996) The Introspective Engineer, St. Martin’s Griffin, New York
      Nervi, P. L. (1956). Structures. New York: McGraw-Hill.


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