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Think Like an Engineer, Don't Act Like One

What is going on in the mind of an engineer? And what can you learn from them? Think Like an Engineer, Don't Act Like One gives you 75 tips from the mind of engineer Jan Karel Mak. Get a head start and become inspired with these 8 free tips from the book!

Author Jan Karel Mak about his book:

"Engineers make the world. Using their intellect and experience, they are coming up with new, better, safer machines, roads, locks, buildings and instruments. Non-engineers look on their work with admiration, but also with astonishment. Astonishment about the engineer’s ambiguities: ingenious and self-assured in technical realms, but often a little idiosyncratic in other respects.

The things an engineer designs are bought or rejected by “ordinary” people, used or discarded, lauded or ridiculed. It is in that use (or non-use) that their intrinsic value lies. The essence of engineering work is not the technology itself, but its interaction with the world around it – the world of critics, buyers and users.

This compilation stems from 30 years of experience in the world of engineers. Part of it was written ‘from the inside out’, which is from the viewpoint of an engineer (which I am); part of it was written ‘from the outside in’, with the view of someone who sees the engineer at work, like I do too. Thus to engineers, as well as to those who deal with them, this book offers some food for thought – and perhaps for a smile."

 

  

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