Engineering spelled out


Journal Article

Some of the engineering terms have been placed in an alphabetical order. A is for artist-engineers such as Alexander Calder, who, despite being a mechanical engineer, also created wire sculptures. B is for badges of engineering societies, which are used to identify an engineering society. C stands for codes and standards which incorporate the considered judgment of experienced engineers, especially with regard to the design of structures, machines, and other artifacts on whose safety and reliability the lay public depends. M is for mechanical engineers, while N displays novels about engineers. S is for 'A Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown', a classic piece of engineering satiric humor written in 1951 by Charles Seim. Z stands for 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'. 'Subtitled 'An Inquiry into Values,' this book was written by Robert M. Pirsig and first published in 1974. It has been widely assigned in engineering design courses for its insights into the nature of design and the idea of quality.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Petroski, H

Published Date

  • November 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 133 / 11

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0025-6501

Citation Source

  • Scopus