Engineering Quotes

Engineering problems are under-defined, there are many solutions, good, bad and indifferent. The art is to arrive at a good solution. This is a creative activity, involving imagination, intuition and deliberate choice.

Ove Arup

Engineering is the art of modelling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyse so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance.

Dr AR Dykes

The joy of engineering is to find a straight line on a double logarithmic diagram.

Thomas Koenig

Engineering is the art of directing the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man.

Tredgold

Engineering is the professional and systematic application of science to the efficient utilization of natural resources to produce wealth.

T. J. Hoover and J. C. L. Fish

Engineering is the professional art of applying science to the optimum conversion of natural resources to the benefit of man.

Ralph J. Smith

Engineering does not require science. Science helps a lot but people built perfectly good brick walls long before they knew why cement works.

Alan Cox

Working with multiple data inputs presents significant engineering challenges, and the engineers who developed MIMO did a remarkable job addressing them.

Craig Mathias

In science if you know what you are doing you should not be doing it. In engineering if you do not know what you are doing you should not be doing it. Of course, you seldom, if ever, see the pure state.

Richard Wesley Hamming

I see nothing wrong ethically with the idea of correcting single gene defects [through genetic engineering]. But I am concerned about any other kind of intervention, for anything else would be an experiment, [which would] impose our will on future generations [and take unreasonable chances] with their welfare ... [Thus] such intervention is beyond the scope of consideration.

Ian Wilmut

Nothing is so inspiring as seeing big works well laid out and planned and a real engineering organisation.

Frederick Handley Page

Engineering refers to the practice of organizing the design and construction [and, I would add operation] of any artifice which transforms the physical world around us to meet some recognized need.

GFC Rogers

The ideal engineer is a composite ... He is not a scientist, he is not a mathematician, he is not a sociologist or a writer; but he may use the knowledge and techniques of any or all of these disciplines in solving engineering problems.

N. W. Dougherty

Engineering is the art of organizing and directing men and controlling the forces and materials of nature for the benefit of the human race.

Henry G. Stott

The Web is now philosophical engineering. Physics and the Web are both about the relationship between the small and the large.

Tim Berners-Lee

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.

Leonardo da Vinci

Protein engineering is a technology of molecular machines - of molecular machines that are part of replicators - and so it comes from an area that already raises some of the issues that nanotechnology will raise.

K. Eric Drexler

Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent - not with how things are but with how they might be - in short, with design.

Herbert Simon

Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering, and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationships.

Ross Perot

A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering.

Freeman Dyson

Leonardo Da Vinci combined art and science and aesthetics and engineering, that kind of unity is needed once again.

Ben Shneiderman

There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection.

H. G. Wells

The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behavior control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers

Lewis Thomas

Even minor tampering with nature is apt to bring serious consequences, as did the introduction of a single chemical (DDT). Genetic engineering is tampering on a monumental scale, and nature will surely exact a heavy toll for this trespass.

EVA NOVOTNY

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