The Engineer's Conscience

Author: Meredith Thring

Published: 1992

Pages: 240

Price: £5 (Free to SGR Members)

Publisher: M W Thring

It is not too much to state that the engineering profession, more than any other, has been responsible for the growth of the technological society, with all its benefits, which the developed world enjoys today. Were it not for the engineer we would not have comfortable, hygienic homes, plentiful food, or instant communication. However, it is pertinent to note that without the engineer we would not have the problems of air and water pollution, traffic and aircraft noise, and the disrupting effects of industrial unrest: we would also, of course, lack the ability to obliterate millions at the touch of a button.

As we move into the 1990s the question that must face every engineer is "How can the good consequences of the Industrial Revolution be extended to the whole of humanity, and how can its bad consequences be remedied or avoided?" This is the question that Professor Thring seeks to answer in this book.

Beginning with a review of the good and bad consequences of the Industrial Revolution, Professor Thring looks to the future and identifies what he sees as the only course that mankind can take to avoid global disaster. The central section of the book is concerned with the role of the engineer in ensuring that this course is followed, and there are chapters dealing with the implication this has in the fields of fuel and power, transport and communication, food, medical engineering, and employment.

The final chapter of the book is concerned with the need for the individual engineer to develop his own conscience to enable him to choose wisely when deciding the course his career will take. It is essential that
the young men and women entering the engineering profession today devote their best energies to furthering the good consequences of the Industrial Revolution so that they can be enjoyed by the whole of mankind; the aim of this book is to assist the young engineer in this vital task.

Originally published in 1980, this is the paperback edition of 1992 and the copies in stock are new (i.e. not secondhand) and in good, although not absolutely pristine, condition.

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