Engineering at Large
The World As We Rebuilt It
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Look around. It’s an engineered world.
From temperature-regulated rooms with round-the-clock lighting to land or aerial transportation and a computation-communication complex that facilitates human migration around the globe, we live in a world created by our own clever imaginations and rigorous calculations—transformed into engineering marvels.
Engineers have reappropriated phenomena manifest in biology, chemistry, and physics to create antibiotics, wrinkle-resistant garments, ink pens, portable computers, bridges, and fiber optic networks, among many other constructs and devices. Such scientific advances form the fundamentals of a new way of living on the Earth, but look beneath the glossy shine of these modern achievements and you’ll find a collection of engineering principles and models that allows mankind to build things repeatedly and reliably.
In Engineering at Large, we examine these principles and models, and describe how they function.