Skip navigation
Hardcover | Out of Print | 258 pp. | 6.25 x 8.5 in | August 1992 | ISBN: 9780262061476
Paperback | $40.00 X | £32.95 | 258 pp. | 6.25 x 8.5 in | March 1994 | ISBN: 9780262560788
Mouseover for Online Attention Data

Instructor Resources

Engineering and the Mind's Eye


In this insightful and incisive essay, Eugene Ferguson demonstrates that good engineering is as much a matter of intuition and nonverbal thinking as of equations and computation. He argues that a system of engineering education that ignores nonverbal thinking will produce engineers who are dangerously ignorant of the many ways in which the real world differs from the mathematical models constructed in academic minds.

About the Author

Eugene Ferguson is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Delaware.


“A sophisticated, thoughtful, and provocative analysis of thenature of engineering.”—Steven Lubar, Science


“Like many a 'little book' by a master, the reader will find it overflowing with ideas and insights. It is a book that will reward many rereadings.”
Henry Petroski, Duke University