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The enigma of the engineer. Hero of the industrial revolution: mere henchman in an age of science

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Critchley, O.H. ; , Loanhead, UK

The fall of the engineer from the place of adulation that he shared with the illustrious savants when technology was the force that motivated the industrial revolution is attributed to the changing needs of Empire when Britain turned from the exploitation of science in technology to the immediately richer rewards of imperialism. Although Britain is once again dependent on technology and innovation in her industries, the consequent rise of the engineer cannot be automatic. Instead, he must fight his way back to the top and for this he needs the inspiration and strength that can only be given by a unique philosophy for his profession, thereby taking a leaf from the books of the long established and honourable vocations of administration, law and medicine.

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Physical Science, Measurement and Instrumentation, Management and Education - Reviews, IEE Proceedings A  (Volume:135 ,  Issue: 5 )