Sunny Y. Auyang - Engineering: An Endless Frontier

This book joins others that have made it on to my "could not finish" list. After 105 pages, and little--if anything--learned, I'm throwing in the towel and moving on to something else.

I almost quit after the first 20 pages which basically just repeats the author's opinion of how great engineering is over and over. Then things got a little better so I tried to stick with it. In the end it wasn't the "engineers should be worshipped" dialogue so much as the boredom that got me.

After 105 pages, you'd think I could come up with something to say about this book, but I really feel so uninspired and uniformed by the contents of Engineering that I can only suggest you look elsewhere. Least you think that I'm merely prejudiced against engineers, or that the subject can never fascinate me, check out my reviews of Eniac and Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer.

from the publisher:
Genetic engineering, nanotechnology, astrophysics, particle physics: We live in an engineered world, one where the distinctions between science and engineering, technology and research, are fast disappearing. This book shows how, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, the goals of natural scientists--to discover what was not known--and that of engineers--to create what did not exist--are undergoing an unprecedented convergence.

Sunny Y. Auyang ranges widely in demonstrating that engineering today is not only a collaborator with science but its equal. In concise accounts of the emergence of industrial laboratories and chemical and electrical engineering, and in whirlwind histories of the machine tools and automobile industries and the rise of nuclear energy and information technology, her book presents a broad picture of modern engineering: its history, structure, technological achievements, and social responsibilities; its relation to natural science, business administration, and public policies. Auyang uses case studies such as the development of the F-117A Nighthawk and Boeing 777 aircraft, as well as the experiences of engineer-scientists such as Oliver Heaviside, engineer-entrepreneurs such as Henry Ford and Bill Gates, and engineer-managers such as Alfred Sloan and Jack Welch to give readers a clear sense of engineering's essential role in the future of scientific research.