Scientists as inventors


Journal Article

The distinction between a scientist and an engineer is that scientists do the understanding while engineers are the inventors. However, scientists can act like engineers even in their basic professional activity. Albert Einstein supported this perspective as he criticized Ernst Mach who have said that theories are discovered and are not invented. Likewise, inventive engineers can also behave just like a scientist. However, distinguishing the difference between a "scientific method" from an "engineering method" is difficult as both engineers and scientists can do science and engineering alternately or simultaneously. As such, Einstein is a scientist who did a form of engineering known as design and invention.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Petroski, H

Published Date

  • September 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 96 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 368 - 371

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-0996

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1511/2008.74.368

Citation Source

  • Scopus