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A Beginner's Guide

Discover the human side to the discipline that is profoundly more than nuts and bolts

Focusing on the impact of engineering on society and the world, McCarthy details the development of the discipline, explains what makes an engineering mind, and shows how every aspect of our lives has been engineered: from gadgets to our national infrastructure. Long considered tinkerers, problem solvers, and visionaries, engineers hold the keys to our real and virtual future.

Natasha McCarthy is policy advisor at the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, and a member of the planning group for the international Workshop on Philosophy and Engineering.

"There are a plethora of people for whom this book would probably prove to be a mine of information."

– Professional Engineering

"The best book of its kind. Bold and well informed, it works as an introduction to engineering for just about every conceivable audience."

– Steve Fuller - Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick and author of 'New Frontiers in S

"Deftly engineered. McCarthy challenges us all — not just engineers — to take responsibility for the ways in which we all increasingly engineer the world."

– Carl Mitcham - Philosopher of technology and Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies at

"A beautifully considered outlook on what engineers think about and do."

– Igor Aleksander - Emeritus Professor of Neural Systems Engineering, Imperial College London

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