Ethics, tools, and the engineer by Raymond Spier

By Raymond Spier

"Ethics, instruments, and the Engineer describes and defines the jobs of the engineer and instruments in society this day. It will get to the center of the moral matters that pertain to dwelling in a speedily altering global the place the main preeminent adjustments consequence from the task of engineers. It describes what a device is, the advantages or hazards concerned about utilizing instruments, and the way instruments are utilized by engineers. additionally it is laws, Read more...

summary: "Ethics, instruments, and the Engineer describes and defines the jobs of the engineer and instruments in society this day. It will get to the guts of the moral matters that pertain to dwelling in a swiftly altering international the place the main preeminent adjustments consequence from the job of engineers. It describes what a device is, the advantages or hazards fascinated about utilizing instruments, and the way instruments are utilized by engineers. additionally it is legislation, guidance, and the methods wherein our society offers with those issues."--Jacket

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While the boilers on the ferry boats plying the Mississippi River in the mid nineteenth-century have ceased to explode regularly since the introduction of engineering codes of practice (a form of ethics),7 we cannot assert that our present practices with regard to fire are without a risk of causing damage. Notwithstanding this ongoing carnage due to fire, the workings of our present societies would be bereft of energy and the means to make tools and perform tasks were we to deny ourselves this facility.

Even in the primate communities there is a sense in which there are reciprocal deals. ” Yet as with any such deal there must be two willing participants: one who has something to sell and another who wishes to buy. To exchange material goods requires that the properties on offer are desired by the exchangers. If they are not, then a deal cannot occur. The discovery that there may be a specific good that is readily transportable and which most individuals with whom one comes in contact desire is the first step in developing a monetary system.

Combinations of pictures (where the pictures now become ideographs) could represent other concepts: examples given are mountain ϩ woman ϭ slave (slave women came from the mountains); mouth ϩ food ϭ eat; and mouth ϩ door ϭ inquire. Around 200 years later the pictographs were used to denote the sounds of the objects they represented. ” This way of communication involves representations or rebuses. In 1822 Jean-Francois Champollion (1790–1832, Chapter one: Beginnings 31 France) broke the code of the hieroglyphs on Egyptian monuments.

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