Reading and writing about Engineering
Engineering students will find some great resources for reading and writing about the topic.
- How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren. (Read an earlier version online.
- The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
- The Civilized Engineer by Samuel C. Florman
- Representing and Intervening: Introductory Topics in the Philosophy of Natural Science by Ian Hacking
- Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard P. Feynman
- American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970 by Thomas P. Hughes
- The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn
- The Elements of Geometry by Euclid
- Discourse on Method by Rene Descartes
- Novum Organum by Francis Bacon
The biography of famous engineers throughout history also make compelling reading.
- A Piece of the Mountain:The Story of Blaise Pascal by Joyce Mcpherson
- Isaac Newton by James Gleick
- Degrees Kelvin: A Tale of Genius, Invention, and Tragedy by David Lindley
- Auguste Comte and Positivism by John Stuart Mill
- Pareto's Republic and the New Science of Peace by Filip Palda
- Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick
And finally, some outstanding fiction about engineering.
- The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
- Neuromancer by William Gibson
- The Soul of A New Machine by Tracy Kidder