Teaching The Past, Building The Future

Teaching The Past, Building The Future

What is the history of engineering about?

The “eureka” moments of unusual men and women

Groups, tribes, and gangs of creative geeks Robust, durable, and adaptive institutions

All of the above

Much time is spent on debating how best to approach the history of engineers and engineering. The stakes are high: Those who define the story of the past inevitably influence the present and the future. Yet telling the story of bygone engineers is difficult because the answer to the above question often says more about who gives the quiz than who takes it.