What is Engineering?

October 6, 2011 – 1:06 am

Had to write an engineering philosophy paper for class. Did it as a comic book instead. Discovered that comic books take an order of magnitude longer than the equivalent-length paper while running two pens completely out of ink.

Behold, the cramping of my fingers.

What is Engineering

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  1. 11 Responses to “What is Engineering?”

  2. how many levels of awesome? let me count the ways:
    inclusive, academic, open-source text and music citation, geektastic references, artistic with nice use of fonts, Forest-Mimms-esq.
    and the theme of eyeglasses.

    By Kevin Mark on Oct 6, 2011

  3. All I can say is “Wow!”

    By Gary Scarborough on Oct 6, 2011

  4. Yeah, I’m pretty speechless. Whoa.

    By Sumana Harihareswara on Oct 7, 2011

  5. The last piece of information seemed not to apply as I am in the UK and the pound sign is represented as £,the hash symbol # is representational of the super user /Root in Terminal usage.
    The overall visual representation comic book style was interesting being that I am an Engineer and also a developer and tester of some years and have made a contribution in the development of secure bit -torrenting over p2p as the progenitor of the P2P plug-in done by Paul Graham used in Azureus and subsequently about 90% of all p2p applications thereafter,after reading of the Ants p2p application and the call for decentralized torrents by forum members @sourceforge.net with a little reading and study of IRC inter-noding I postulated that although Ants p2p was slow as hell the security of Inter-noding was the most secure way of transport,whereby the idea for the plug in was formed and written,often or not the ideas of the common man can be developed often not by their progenitors, but by those who understand their concepts and can apply them,a prime example being the telephone,which is why the Open source community thrives and expands,also why the giants like Microsoft look to the OSS for innovations to Improve upon their stagnating operating systems.So to the Question as to what is an Engineer I would say it is someone who can utilize what is, to create what isn`t and make it work.Some would call that inventive,to say puzzle solving is only part of the equation though as any of the great engineers of the world would tell you its one thing to build a bridge, but to have it capable of taking load and being able to stand without collapsing takes a bit more work,ever thought about building an amusement ride that pulls 4-5 G without pulling itself apart,a lot more to it than just a drawing of the ride and it is the implementation of the build that is the mark of a true engineer. :)

    By perseus43 on Oct 9, 2011

  6. Incase some people were confused by some of the references in the first post i will add some more info:firstly Kudos to ,secondly in reference to the comment about the telephone, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invention_of_the_telephone many people made assertions as to whose idea it was but only one man made it work.
    lastly with regard to bridges and rollercoaster rides building new and innovative rides often calls for the real engineer to create new devices to control and manage these to prevent shearing and derailment thereby classing the Engineer an Inventor in the cause of the build,thereby not just a puzzle solver.:)

    By perseus43 on Oct 9, 2011

  7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werner_Stengel

    By perseus43 on Oct 9, 2011

  8. http://www.boliven.com/patents/search?q=inventor:%28%22Werner+Stengel%22%29

    By perseus43 on Oct 9, 2011

  9. Not just puzzle solvers =)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engineer

    By perseus43 on Oct 9, 2011

  10. Love this. Very thought provoking!

    By K00kykelly on Feb 6, 2012

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