Its Role and Function in Human Society

First published on January 1, 1967

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  • Editors: William H. Davenport, Daniel Rosenthal
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483157825

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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

  • Preface

    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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 296
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1967
  • Published: January 1, 1967
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483157825

About the Editors

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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