Engineering - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080035765, 9781483157825


1st Edition

Its Role and Function in Human Society

Editors: William H. Davenport Daniel Rosenthal
eBook ISBN: 9781483157825
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1967
Page Count: 296
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Engineering: Its Role and Function in Human Society illustrates the historical views held by humanists and technologists with regard to each other, the accomplishments of engineering in the past, and the problems involving laymen and men of science together in their relationships. Some of the topics covered are the aloofness from science and technology; hostility to technology; and acceptance of technology. The book also covers topics on the attitudes of the engineer; the use of engineering in relation to human needs; and engineering as a technological culture. The ultimate use of tools and machines; automation and human condition; pollution and pollutants; and causes of problems in engineering are also encompassed. Engineers and engineering students will find the book invaluable.

Table of Contents


General Introduction

Part One. The Viewpoint of the Humanist


1. Aloofness from Science and Technology

2. Hostility to Technology

3. Acceptance of Technology

4. Science: A Tool of Culture

5. Humanism in Technology

6. A Mature Humanist Philosophy

7. Bridging the Gap: The View of a Scientist

8. Bridging the Gap: The View of a Humanist

Part Two. Attitudes of the Engineer


9. An Engineer Looks at His Profession

10. An Engineer Looks at Himself

11. A Scientist Evaluates Technology

12. Technology Overrated

13. Technology in Its Proper Perspective

14. Technology and New Perspectives

15. Engineering and Human Needs

16. Engineering a Technological Culture

17. Educating the Engineer

18. "Civilizing" the Engineer by "Civilizing" the Humanist

Part Three. Man and Machine


19. Machine as a Tool

20. The Ultimum of a Craftsman: The "Architectus"

21. The Ultimate Use of Tools: The Raising and Setting of the Vatican Obelisk

22. Machine: the Generator of Power

23. Machine and the First Industrial Revolution

24. Machine and the Second Industrial Revolution

25. Automation and Human Condition

Part Four. Technology and the Future


26. Defining the Problem

27. Shift of Emphasis from Private to Public Sector

28. Trends

29. Portents: Waste

30. Portents: Air Pollution

31. Portents: The Pesticides

32. Causes: The Technique?

33. Causes: The Technician or the Society?

34. Hope for the Future: In Philosophy

35. Hope for the Future: In Science

36. Hope for the Future: In Technology

37. Hope for the Future: In People

38. Hope for the Future: In Man

Who's Who Among the Authors


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About the Editor

William H. Davenport

Daniel Rosenthal

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Radiologist-in-Chief and Director of Bone and Joint Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

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