Henry Petroski


On his book The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems

Cover Interview of March 26, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“About the similarities and differences between science and engineering.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Rather than being at odds with each other, research and development should be seen as two aspects of the same endeavor; sometimes the one takes the leading role, and sometimes the other.”

On the second:

“The distinct endeavors of engineering, invention, and technology are often subsumed under the single rubric ‘science’ and so are not highlighted in their own right. This lack of attention to the true sources of innovation can jeopardize our nation’s future.”