Quotes About Engineering

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William Gibson
“When you want to know how things really work, study them when they're coming apart.”
William Gibson, Zero History

Henry Ford
“When Henry Ford decided to produce his famous V-8 motor, he chose to build an engine with the entire eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder engine-block in one piece.

Ford replied,''Produce it anyway.”
Henry Ford

Scott Adams
“Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily avialable, they will create their own problems.”
Scott Adams

Robert A. Heinlein
“One man’s “magic” is another man’s engineering. “Supernatural” is a null word.”
Robert A. Heinlein

Hayao Miyazaki
“But remember this, Japanese boy... airplanes are not tools for war. They are not for making money. Airplanes are beautiful dreams. Engineers turn dreams into reality.”
Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises

Robert A. Heinlein
“Anything which is physically possible can always be made financially possible; money is a bugaboo of small minds.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

“All we know about the new economic world tells us that nations which train engineers will prevail over those which train lawyers. No nation has ever sued its way to greatness. ”
Richard Lamm

“Engineering is not only study of 45 subjects but it is moral studies of intellectual life.”
Prakhar Srivastav

Christian Cantrell
“The fewer moving parts, the better." "Exactly. No truer words were ever spoken in the context of engineering.”
Christian Cantrell, Containment

Aldo Leopold
“To those who know the speech of hills and rivers straightening a stream is like shipping vagrants—a very successful method of passing trouble from one place to the next. It solves nothing in any collective sense.”
Aldo Leopold, For the Health of the Land: Previously Unpublished Essays And Other Writings

Lovely Goyal
“In engineering colleges, they have seating plans...And Students have cheating plans.”
Lovely Goyal, I Love the Way You Love Me

Carl Sagan
“We tend to hear much more about the splendors returned than the ships that brought them or the shipwrights. It has always been that way. Even those history books enamored of the voyages of Christopher Columbus do not tell much about the builders of the Nina the Pinta and the Santa Maria or about the principle of the caravel. These spacecraft their designers builders navigators and controllers are examples of what science and engineering set free for well-defined peaceful purposes can accomplish. Those scientists and engineers should be role models for an America seeking excellence and international competitiveness. They should be on our stamps.”
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Toba Beta
“Incurable diseases will eventually
force mankind to justify
disruptive nanotech and genetic engineering.”
Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

“Math is my Passion. Engineering is my Profession.”
Wilfred James Dolor

“Are engineers better at business than business people? It’s debatable. Business people certainly seems to have bigger houses, drive fancier cars, wear nicer clothes and have better looking mates. Engineers lack the time management skills to spend that kind of money. They waste all their time inventing ways to make the most money in the quickest, most efficient way possible. And then when they figure it out, they optimize the process.”
raul perez

Neal Stephenson
“It is exciting to discover electrons and figure out the equations that govern their movement; it is boring to use those principles to design electric can openers. From here on out, it's all can openers.”
Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon

“Kevyn, Ennesby tells me you are building a time machine.

Actually I'm finished.

In one afternoon? Wow... Does it work?

After a fashion.


I put a whole lot of energy into it, and the next thing I knew it was time for dinner.
-Captain Tagon & Commander Andreyasn”
Howard Tayler, The Tub of Happiness

Ayn Rand
“I love doing it. Every building is like a person. Single and unrepeatable.”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

“Stephenson had large wrought-iron boiler plates available and he also had the courage of his calculations... The idea found its best-known expression in the Menai railway bridge opened in 1850. Stephenson's beams, which weighed 1,500 tons each, were built beside the Straits and were floated into position between the towers on rafts across a swirling tide. They were raised rather over a hundred feet up the towers by successive lifts with primitive hydraulic jacks. All this was not done without both apprehension and adventure; they were giants on the earth in those days.”
J.E. Gordon, The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don't Fall Through the Floor

Richard Trevithick
“I have been branded with folly and madness for attempting what the world calls impossibilities, and even from the great engineer, the late James Watt, who said ... that I deserved hanging for bringing into use the high-pressure engine. This has so far been my reward from the public; but should this be all, I shall be satisfied by the great secret pleasure and laudable pride that I feel in my own breast from having been the instrument of bringing forward new principles and new arrangements of boundless value to my country, and however much I may be straitened in pecuniary circumstances, the great honour of being a useful subject can never be taken from me, which far exceeds riches.”
Richard Trevithick, Life of Richard Trevithick - 2 Volume Set

“Ask Gandhi, and eye for an eye makes us both blind.....ask an engineer, and the numbers don't lie - the first to strike wins.”
Steven Ivy - Attorney Entrepreneur

“It is contrary to the usual practice of professional men to give their opinions upon each other's work unless regularly called upon in the way of their profession.”
John Smeaton

“Great triumphs of engineering genius—the locomotive, the truss bridge, the steel rail— ... are rather invention than engineering proper.”
Arthur Mellen Wellington

“It is hardly surprising that the malodorous field of garbology has not attained the popularity of rocket science, oil exploration, or brain surgery.”
Hans Y. Tammemagi, The Waste Crisis

Simon R. Green
“First rule of engineering; beware prototypes. Along with, avoid anything made by an engineer who doesn't have all his own fingers”
Simon R. Green, Spirits From Beyond

Braam Malherbe
“There were endless stories locked into the silent, cool mass of the Wall, so many memories of stories of so long ago, now only to be imagined. What an incredible feat of human imagination and engineering. A real tribute to visionary and tenacious (if tyrannical) leaders who held a nation together with a common goal, from dynasty to dynasty over the many centuries.”
Braam Malherbe, The Great Run: Conquering the Sleeping Dragon Within: Life's Lessons on the Run

“The reason for the difference between the architectural and engineering 'climate', so to speak, is very complex. It is partly a matter of terminology, partly a matter of historical accident, and the consequent training of architects and engineers, and mostly a matter of what is commonly supposed to be the difference in content or context - architecture being concerned with producing works of art; engineering with utility structures.”
Yanni Alexander Loukissas, Co-Designers: Cultures of Computer Simulation in Architecture

“These comments recall Turkle's distinction between two kinds of "transparency" in technological cultures. Modernist transparency is the notion that users can and should have access to the inner workings of a technology. It evokes the aesthetic of early relationships with cars in which one could "open the hood and see inside." Turkle contrasts this with an opposing, post-modern meaning of the term - the notion that something is transparent if you can use it without knowing how it works. Post-modern transparency allows the user to navigate the surface of a system without ever having to access its underlying mechanics. Are young engineers more susceptible to post-modern ways of seeing simulation?”
Yanni Alexander Loukissas, Co-Designers: Cultures of Computer Simulation in Architecture

“Aldus Barnes, a structural engineer by training and member of the Advanced Geometry Unit (AGU) at Arup, has formed many successful collaborations and earned a prominent place for himself in architecture by adopting the language and skills of architects. "Talk in terms of texture and density, instead of torsion and shear. That way they don't think you are just another nerd," Barnes advises the young members of his team.”
Yanni Alexander Loukissas, Co-Designers: Cultures of Computer Simulation in Architecture

“E per tutto il giorno mi riempivano la testa di stronzate che volevano farmi tenere a mente, come ad esempio le equazioni per calcolare la distanza fra il posto dove ci trovavamo e quelle in cui volevano farci andare loro, e naturalmente quelle per tornare indietro; cazzate come le coordinate coassiali, il calcolo dei coseni, la trigonometria sferoide, l'algebra di Boolean, gli antilogaritmi, l'analisi di Fourier, quadrati e matrici. Mi dissero che io avrei dovuto fare da riserva al computer di riserva.”
Forrest Gump

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