By Henry Petroski
Written by means of America's most famed engineering storyteller and educator, this abecedarium is one engineer's number of techniques, quotations, anecdotes, proof, minutiae, and arcana in relation to the perform, background, tradition, and traditions of his career. The entries replicate a long time of examining, writing, speaking, and pondering engineers and engineering, and variety from short essays to lists of significant engineering achievements. This paintings is geared up alphabetically and extra like a dictionary than an encyclopedia. it's not meant to be learn from first web page to final, yet really to be dipped into the following and there because the temper moves the reader. In time, it's was hoping, this booklet may still turn into the resource to which readers pass first after they stumble upon a obscure or vague connection with the softer facet of engineering.
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V dV Slipstick! Slide rule! T.! See also fight songs for engineers. cities and other places named for engineers. Many places around the world bear the names of engineers, although this is neither widely known nor generally recognized. Very often the reason for naming the location was that the engineer played a significant role in its founding or development or in creating the infrastructure that made it accessible. Among American cities and towns named for engineers is Port Jervis, New York, located on the Delaware River in the southern part of the state.
The one-hundredth anniversary of engineering in America was celebrated in 1952 to coincide with the centennial of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the country’s first permanent national professional engineering organization. At the time of the society’s founding, the term “civil engineer” included all engineers who were not military engineers, and so the organization welcomed those practicing the rudiments of what would later come to be called mining, mechanical, and other forms of engineering.
D. Slip stick! Slide rule! C.! Similar cheers have been recalled by other engineers. According to an item in The Bent of Tau Beta Pi (April 1949, p. ) in the late 1940s were required to wear brown and white robes, hang a large replica of the society’s key, known as “the bent,” from their necks, and “holler at the top of their lungs” the following: E to the x, dy, dx, E to the x, dx. C. The fact that the main difference between the California and Iowa State cheers is the replacement of the abbreviation for the Latin phrase quod erat demonstrandum that signals the conclusion of a mathematical proof with the engineering term for measuring power, BHP, which stands for both brake horsepower and boiler horsepower, suggests that the latter engineering students were more applied than the former.