Friday, November 7, 2008 the art of doing that well with one dollar

I'm taking a break from studying. (100th time)

How's everyone by the way?

I felt refreshed after getting off the phone with my mom. She told me to stay strong. I dunno about staying strong, but I'm definitely hanging in there.

Obama said yesterday in his victory speech, "Yes, we can!" I was really psyched about it. I was dreaming of going through hundreds of pages of process plant design. (I only got to about 20, or maybe it was 10?) But it's fine. As long as we get something from studying. Rite? Rite?

By the way, I found these quotes online about engineering. Thought I'd share =)

An engineer is someone who is good with figures, but doesn't have the personality of an accountant.- An Arts graduate's view of engineers


An engineer is someone who washes his hands before going to the toilet.- Anon


A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible- Freeman Dyson


Engineering is the art of modelling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyse so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance.
- Dr AR Dykes
British Institution of Structural Engineers, 1976.


Engineering problems are under-defined, there are many solutions, good, bad and indifferent. The art is to arrive at a good solution. This is a creative activity, involving imagination, intuition and deliberate choice.
- Ove Arup


Engineering ... to define rudely but not inaptly, is the art of doing that well with one dollar, which any bungler can do with two after a fashion.
- Arthur Mellen Wellington
The Economic Theory of Railway Location (1911)


Engineers ... are not mere technicians and should not approve or lend their name to any project that does not promise to be beneficent to man and the advancement of civilization
- John Fowler

Thanks Bristol University!

1 comment:

jnj guy said...

Here's a lil sumthing to get ur mind of stuff...


10. We know how to handle stress and strain in a relationship.

9. According to Newton, if two bodies interact, their forces are equal and opposite.


7. We have significant figures.

6. Engineers do it to specification.

5. Projectile motion: Do we need to say more?

4. Can go all night with no hint of fatigue.

3. Specialized in experimentation.

2. FREE body diagrams.

1. We know it is not the "length" of the vector that counts, but how you "apply" the force.

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tk cr. stay strong! :P


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