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"The New Epoch" and the 21st Century Imperative for Engineering History

"The New Epoch" and the 21st Century Imperative for Engineering History

This video was recorded at Morison Prize Lecture in Science, Technology and Society. Great civil engineers finds an aesthetic appropriate for their building's material and structure, asserts David Billington, whose life work has been the study of some of the world's most stunning engineering feats. He reviews his own intellectual journey, first honoring some of his forebears, including Elting Morison, industrial historian and a founder of MIT's Program in Science, Technology and Society, and R. G. Collingwood, philosopher/historian. Billington describes a momentous turn in his career at Princeton, when architecture students in one of his courses rebuked him: "They told me, we hate what you're teaching us. ... You're teaching us stick diagrams and formulas. That's how you teach structural... Show More

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