Want to Engineer Real Change? Don't Ask a Scientist
I’m at a meeting in DC. The speaker now is Henry Petroski. The theme of his lecture is on the different roles of science and engineering. Here is the opening paragraph of his piece in The Washington Post early this year.
"We will restore science to its rightful place," President Obama declared in his inaugural address. That certainly sounds like a worthy goal. But frankly, it has me worried. If we want to "harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories," as Obama has decreed, we shouldn't look to science. What we need is engineering.”