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The Essential Engineer - Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems

Henry Petroski

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From the acclaimed author of The Pencil and To Engineer Is Human, The Essential Engineer is an eye-opening exploration of the ways in which science and engineering must work together to address our world's most pressing issues, from dealing with climate change and the prevention of natural disasters to the development of efficient automobiles and the search for renewable energy sources. While the scientist may identify problems, it falls to the engineer to solve them. It is the inherent practicality of engineering, which takes into account structural, economic, environmental, and other factors that science often does not consider, that makes engineering vital to answering our most urgent concerns. Henry Petroski takes us inside the research, development, and debates surrounding the most critical challenges of our time, exploring the feasibility of biofuels, the progress of battery-operated cars, and the question of nuclear power. He gives us an in-depth investigation of the various options for renewable energy-among them solar, wind, tidal, and ethanol-explaining the benefits and risks of each. Will windmills soon populate our landscape the way they did in previous centuries? Will synthetic trees, said to be more efficient at absorbing harmful carbon dioxide than real trees, soon dot our prairies? Will we construct a "sunshade" in outer space to protect ourselves from dangerous rays? In many cases, the technology already exists. What's needed is not so much invention as engineering. Just as the great achievements of centuries past-the steamship, the airplane, the moon landing-once seemed beyond reach, the solutions to the twenty-first century's problems await only a similar coordination of science and engineering. Eloquently reasoned and written, The Essential Engineer identifies and illuminates these problems-and, above all, sets out a course for putting ideas into action. Photograph of The New York Times Building (c) David Sundberg/Esto

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Deakins

Length:

8h 45m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:45

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:15


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:20


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:58


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:11


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:09


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:22


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:21


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:42


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:51


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:15


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:30


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:51


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:43


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:27


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:18


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:01


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:29


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:41


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:42


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:33


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

09:04


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

09:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:13


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:33


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:27


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

00:30