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Watt is an Engineer
online resourceposted on 2023-07-26, 15:20 authored by John Gardner
Examines the statues of James Watt in Glasgow. Define an engineer? Civil engineer Samuel C. Floorman has it that ‘”real” engineers as I would define the term, that is, [are] professional engineers with college degrees’. The rest according to Floorman are technicians or mechanics. Floorman takes a top down approach, defining engineering as ‘the art or science of making practical application of the knowledge of pure sciences’. This way of looking at engineering has theory directing practice. Thinking of the Romantic period this seems upside down to me. Who drove invention and innovation in the period–the theorists or those that got their hands dirty?
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