oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - The young engineer's role in sustainable development

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Technology is the tool of civilisation. Engineering is fundamentally about making things. If there is such a thing as an 'engineering method' analogous to the scientific method, then it is distinguished from the scientific method by an emphasis on creation rather than on discovery. Primo Levi, an industrial chemist, put it best. In one of his biographical short stories he explains to a friend that 'the nobility of Man, acquired in a hundred centuries of trial and error, lay in making himself the conqueror of matter'. Engineering, at its heart, is about taking matter, understanding it, manipulating it and creating something new. This power of creation involves a great responsibility.

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