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2. ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
It has been said that in some respects the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky was a magpie – borrowing styles and ideas from diverse sources for whatever musical project he was working on. The practice of engineering has this same characteristic in that it willingly takes ideas, knowledge and techniques from wherever in pursuit of completing its goal. Further, Engineering is, at least in part, in agreement with Fyodor Dostoevsky – ‘if everything on Earth were rational, nothing would happen’. Against such a background it is proposed that a framework based on both philosophy and the history of engineering, science and technology constitutes a valid footing upon which engineers can be enabled to see and develop their profession in a suitably rounded manner.
Grimson, W., Murphy, M., Coyle, E.: Educating Engineers for the 21st. Century: and why some Elements of History and Philosophy should be Incorporated into the Curriculum. Frontiers in Education Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. October 10-13, 2007.