Bibliography for 
HISTORY OF ENGINEERING 

updated 16 August 2007

Thomas J. Misa 
Charles Babbage Institute
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis MN 55455 

Table of Contents

I. Chronology and Topics
BACKGROUND AND ORIGINS
ORIGINS OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING
TAYLOR AND SCIENTIFIC MANAGEMENT
ENGINEERING EDUCATION
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
20TH CENTURY ENGINEERING
MIT
TECHNOLOGICAL THINKING
II. Branches of Engineering
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
CIVIL ENGINEERING
COMPUTERS AND COMPUTING
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

SEE ALSO Automobile Engineering, Science and SystemsHistory of Computers and Computing


I. Chronology & Topics

BACKGROUND AND ORIGINS           [back to Table of Contents]

American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  1980.  Mechanical Engineers in America Born Prior to 1861: A Biographical Dictionary.  New York: American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Beckett, Derrick.  Telford's Britain.  North Pomfret: David & Charles, c1987.  

Beckett, Derrick.  Stephensons' Britain.  North Pomfret: David & Charles, c1984.   

Fitchen, John.  1986.  Building Construction Before Mechanization.  MIT Press.   

Galluzzi, Paolo (ed.).  Leonardo da Vinci: engineer and architect.  Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1987. 

Gille, Bertrand.  Les ingenieurs de la Renaissance.  Paris: Hermann, 1964.   

Hasan, Ahmad Yusuf and Donald Routledge Hill.  Islamic technology: an illustrated history.  New York: Cambridge University Press/Paris: Unesco, 1986.   

Hill, Donald Routledge.  A history of engineering in classical and medieval times.  La Salle, Ill.: Open Court Pub., 1984. 

Hunter, Robert F., and Edwin L. Dooley.  1989.  Claudius Crozet: French Engineer in America, 1790-1864.  Univ. Press of Virginia.

Larkin, F. Daniel.  1990.  John B. Jervis: An American Engineering Pioneer.  Ames: Iowa State University.   

Latrobe, Benjamin Henry.  1980.  The Engineering Drawings of Benjamin Henry Latrobe [1764-1820].  Yale University Press. 

McHugh, Jeanne.  1980.  Alexander Holley and the Makers of Steel (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press)   

Parsons, William Barclay.  Engineers and engineering in the Renaissance.  Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1939.   

Peters, Tom F.  1996.  Building the Nineteenth Century.  MIT Press.  [seeking 'a culture of construction']

Prager, Frank D. and Gustina Scaglia.  Brunelleschi: studies of his technology and inventions.  Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1970.   ARCHITECTURE.NA1123.B8P7

Pugsley, Alfred (ed.).  The Works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel: an engineering appreciation.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980.   

Roysdon, Christy.  1978.  American Engineers of the Nineteenth Century: A Biographical Index.  Garland Pub.   

Stapleton, Darwin H.  1986.  The History of Civil Engineering since 1600: An Annotated Bibliography.  Garland Pub.   
 

ORIGINS OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING            [back to Table of Contents]

Calhoun, Daniel H.  1960.  The American Civil Engineer: Origins and Conflict.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

Calvert, Monte A.  1967.  The Mechanical Engineer in America, 1830-1910: Professional Cultures in Conflict.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.   

Christie, Jean.  1983.  Morris Llewellyn Cooke, Progressive Engineer.  Garland Pub.   

Emerson, Howard P., and Douglas C.E. Naehring.  1988.  Origins of Industrial Engineering: The Early Years of a Profession.  Institution of Industrial Engineers.

Furter, William F.  1980.  History of Chemical Engineering.  American Chemical Society.   

Furter, William F. (ed.).  1982.  A Century of Chemical Engineering.  Plenum Pub.   

Hughes, Thomas P.  1989.  American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970.  New York: Viking Penguin. 

Kline, Ronald  (1992).  Steinmetz: Engineer and Socialist.  Johns Hopkins Univ. Press.   

Jackson, Donald C.  1995.  Building the Ultimate Dam: John S. Eastwood and the Control of Water in the West.  University Press of Kansas.   

Larson, John W.  1979.  Those Army Engineers: A History of the Chicago District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District.   

Layton, Edwin T.  1986/1971.  The Revolt of the Engineers: Social Responsibility and the American Engineering Profession.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.   

McMahon, A. Michal.  1984.  The Making of a Profession: A Century of Electrical Engineering in America.  New York: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers   

Meiksins, Peter.  1986.  "Professionalism and Conflict: The Case of the American Association of Engineers."  Journal of Social History 19 (Spring): 403-21.

Meiksins, Peter.  1988.  "The 'Revolt of the Engineers' Reconsidered."  Technology and Culture 29 (April): 219-46. 

Merritt, Raymond H.  1969.  Engineering in American Society, 1850-1875.  University of Kentucky Press.

Millard,  J. Rodney.  1989.  The Master Spirit of the Age: Canadian Engineers and the Politics of Professionalism, 1887-1922.  University of Toronto Press.

Noble, David F.  1977.  America by Design: Science, Technology, and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism.  New York: Knopf.  

O'Connell, Charles F., Jr.  1985. "The Corps of Engineers and the Rise of Modern Management 1827-1856," in M. R. Smith, ed., Military Enterprise and Technological Change (MIT Press), 87-116.   

Reynolds, Terry S.  1983.  75 Years of Progress: A History of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1908-1983.  New York: American Institute of Chemical Engineers.   

Reynolds, Terry S.  1991.  The Engineer in America: A Historical Anthology from TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.   

Ryder, John Douglas.  1984.  Engineers and Electrons: A Century of Electrical Progress.  IEEE.

Seely, Bruce E.  1993.  "Research, Engineering, and Science in American Engineering Colleges: 1900-1960."  Technology and Culture 34 (April): 344-86.   

Sinclair, Bruce.  1980.  A Centennial History of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1880-1980.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press.   

Spence, Clark C.  1994.  Mining Engineers and the American West: The Lace-Boot Brigade, 1849-1933.  University of Idaho Press. (orig. Yale U. Press, 1970).   

Tichi, Cecelia.  1987.  Shifting Gears: Technology, Literature, Culture in Modernist America.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.  [see chapters on "Instability, Waste, Efficiency" and "The Engineer"]   
 

TAYLOR AND SCIENTIFIC MANAGEMENT see also Taylorism biblio.   [back to Table of Contents]

Aitken, Hugh G. J.  Scientific Management in Action: Taylorism at Watertown Arsenal, 1908-1915 (Princeton U, 1985; orig Harvard U 1960). 

Banta, Martha.  Taylored Lives: Narrative Productions in the Age of Taylor, Veblen, and Ford.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.  

Haber, Samuel.  Efficiency and Uplift: Scientific Management in the Progressive Era, 1890-1920 (New ed., U Chicago, 1973; orig. 1964). 

Jordan, John M.  1994.  Machine-Age Ideology: Social Engineering and American Liberalism, 1911-1939.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.  

Layton, Edwin T. Jr., "Measuring the Unmeasureable: Scientific Management and Reform," chap. 6 in The Revolt of the Engineers (Johns Hopkins 1986; orig. Case Western U 1971).

Maier, Charles S.  "Between Taylorism and Technocracy: European ideologies and the vision of industrial productivity in the 1920s," Journal of Contemporary History 5 #2 (1970): 27-61.

Merkle, Judith A.  Management and Ideology: The Legacy of the International Scientific Management Movement (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980)

Misa, Thomas J.  1995.  A Nation of Steel: The Making of Modern America, 1865-1925.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. [See chapter 5 on Taylor's tool-steel experiments]  

Nelson, Daniel.  1975.  Managers and Workers: Origins of the New Factory System in the United States, 1880-1920 (Madison: U Wisconsin). 

Nelson, Daniel.  1980.  Frederick W. Taylor and the Rise of Scientific Management (Madison: U Wisconsin).   

Nelson, Daniel.  1992.  A Mental Revolution: Scientific Management since Taylor (Columbus: Ohio State University Press)

Yates, JoAnne.  Control through Communication: The Rise of System in American Management (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989)
 

ENGINEERING EDUCATION (NORTH AMERICA)            [back to Table of Contents]

Emmerson, George S.  1973.  Engineering Education: A Social History.  Newton Abbot: David & Charles; New York: Crane, Russak.  

Etzkowitz, Henry, and Loet Leydesdorff (eds.).  1997.  Universities and the Global Knowledge Economy: A Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations.  London/New York: Pinter.  

Grayson, Lawrence P.  1993.  The Making of an Engineer: An Illustrated History of Engineering Education in the United States and Canada.  New York: Wiley.   

Johnston, Joseph Shackford, et al.  1988.  Unfinished Design: The Humanities and Social Sciences in Undergraduate Engineering Education.  Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges.   

McMath, Robert C., Jr. (et al.).  1985.  Engineering the New South: Georgia Tech, 1885-1985.  Athens: Univerity of Georgia Press. 

Misa, Thomas J.  1985.  "The Changing Market for Chemical Knowledge: Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in the Delaware Valley, 1851-1929," History and Technology 2: 245-68

Noble, David F.  1977.  America by Design: Science, Technology, and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism.  New York: Knopf. [see chapters 2, 8, 9]   

Norrell, Robert J.  1990.  A Promising Field: Engineering at Alabama, 1837-1987.  University of Alabama Press.

O'Hair, Michael Thomas, et al. (eds.).  1994.  Engineering Technology: An ASEE History.  Oregon Institute of Technology.

Ochs, Kathleen H.  1992.  "The Rise of American Mining Engineers: A Case Study of the Colorado School of Mines."  Technology and Culture 33 (April): 278-301.   

Seely, Bruce.  "The Other Re-engineering of Engineering Education, 1900-1965," Journal of Engineering Education (July 1999): 285-94.

Wharton, David E.  1992.  A Struggle Worthy of Note: The Engineering and Technological Education of Black Americans.  Westport: Greenwood. 

Whissel, Pamela (ed.).  1993.  The First Cooperative College: A History of the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.  University of Cincinnati College of Engineering.
 

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES                             [back to Table of Contents]

Ahlstrom, Goran.  1982.  Engineers and Industrial Growth: Higher Technical Education and the Engineering Profession during the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries: France, Germany, Sweden and England.  London: Croom Helm. 

Alder, Ken.  1997.  Engineering the Revolution: Arms and Enlightenment in France, 1763-1815.  Princeton: Princeton University Press. 

Armytage, W. H. G.  1966.  A Social History of Engineering.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

Bennett, S.  1993.  A History of Control Engineering 1930-1955.  Peter Peregrinus.

Cantrell, John A.  1985.  James Nasmyth and the Bridgewater Foundry: A Study of Entrepreneurship in the Early Engineering Industry.  Manchester Univ. Press.

Clifford, Graham D., and Frank W. Sharp.  1990.  A Twentieth Century Professional Institution: The Story of I.E.R.E. 1925-1988.  Peter Peregrinus.

Day, Charles R. 1987. Education for the Industrial World: The Ecoles d'arts et metiers and the Rise of French Industrial Engineering.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

Fox, Robert, and Anna Guagnini, eds.  1993.  Education, Technology, and Industrial Performance in Europe, 1850-1939.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Fox, Robert, and George Weisz (eds.).  1980.  The Organization of Science and Technology in France, 1808-1914.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.   

Gispen, Kees.  1989.  New Profession, Old Order: Engineers and German Society, 1815-1914.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

Glover, Ian A., and Michael P. Kelly.  1987.  Engineers in Britain: A Sociological Study of the Engineering Dimension.  London/Boston: Allen & Unwin.   

Graham, Loren R.  1993.  The Ghost of the Executed Engineer: Technology and the Fall of the Soviet Union.  Harvard Univ. Press. 

Headrick, Daniel R.  The Tentacles of Progress: Technology Transfer in the Age of Imperialism, 1850-1940. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988. 

Kranakis, Eda.  1997.  Constructing a Bridge: An Exploration of Engineering Culture, Design, and Research in Nineteenth-Century France and America.  MIT Press.

Locke, Robert R.  1984.  The End of the Practical Man: Entrepreneurship and Higher Education in Germany, France, and Great Britain, 1880-1940.  Greenwich: JAI Press.

Neumann, Gerhard.  1984.  Herman the German: Enemy Alien U.S. Army Master Sergeant #10500000.  New York: Morrow.

Millard, A.J.  1987.  A Technological Lag: Diffusion of Electrical Technology in England, 1879-1914.  Garland Pub.

Peters, Tom F.  1996.  Building the Nineteenth Century.  MIT Press.  [the Thames and Mont Cenis tunnels, the Conway and Britannia bridges, and the Suez and Panama Canals: 'a culture of construction'] 

Picon, Antoine.  1992.  L'invention de l'ingenieur moderne: l'Ecole des ponts et chaussees, 1747-1851.  Paris: Presses de l'Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussees.

Reader, W. J.  1987.  A History of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, 1871-1971.  London: Peregrinus.   

Renneberg, Monika, and Mark Walker (eds.).  1994.  Science, Technology and National Socialism.  Cambridge Univ. Press.

Rolt, L. T. C.  1958.  Isambard Kingdom Brunel, A Biography.  London/New York: Longmans, Green.

Sanderson, Michael.  1994.  The Missing Stratum: Technical School Education in England, 1900-1990s.  London: Athlone Press.

Smith, Cecil O., Jr.  1990.  "The Longest Run: Public Engineers and Planning in France."  American Historical Review 95: 657-92. 

Thomas, Donald E.  1987.  Diesel: Technology and Society in Industrial Germany.  Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. 

Vignoles, Keith H.  1982.  Charles Blacker Vignoles: Romantic Engineer.  Cambridge Univ. Press.   

Weiss, John Hubbel.  1982.  The Making of Technological Man: The Social Origins of French Engineering Education.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

Whalley, Peter.  1986.  The Social Production of Technical Work: The Case of British Engineers.  Albany: State University of New York Press.   

Witkin, Zara, and Michael Gelb (ed.).  1991.  An American Engineer in Stalin's Russia: The Memoirs of Zara Witkin, 1932-1934.  Berkeley: University of California Press.
 

PRACTICE OF 20TH CENTURY ENGINEERING            [back to Table of Contents]

SEE ALSO: Atomic and Nuclear Weapons; Military Microelectronics; Global Economy
Belanger, Dian Olson.  1997.  Enabling American Innovation: Engineering and the National Science Foundation.  West Lafayette: Purdue Univ. Press.   

Bucciarelli, Louis L.  1994.  Designing Engineers.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

Constant,  Edward W.  1987.  "The Social Locus of Technological Practice: Community, System, or Organization?"  In The Social Construction of Technological Systems, W. E. Bijker, et al. (eds.), pp. 223-41.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

Downey, Gary Lee.  1995.  "Steering Technology Development Through Computer-Aided Design."  In Managing Technology in Society, A. Rip et al. (eds), pp. 83-110.  London: Pinter.   

Ferguson, Eugene S.  1992.  Engineering and the Mind's Eye.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

Henderson, Kathryn.  1999.  On line and on paper: visual representations, visual culture, and computer graphics in design engineering.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

Hughes, Thomas P.  1998.  Rescuing Prometheus: The Story of the Mammoth Project Sage, ICBM, Arpanet and Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel That Created New Styles of Management.  Pantheon.   

Kline, Ronald  (1992).  Steinmetz: Engineer and Socialist.  Johns Hopkins Univ. Press.   

Kunda, Gideon.  1992.  Engineering Culture: Control and Commitment in a High-Tech Corporation.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Meehan, Richard L.  1983.  Getting Sued and Other Tales of the Engineering Life.  MIT Press.

Noble, David F.  1984.  Forces of Production: A Social History of Industrial Automation.  New York: Knopf.   

Perrow, Charles.  1984.  Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies.  New York: Basic Books.   

Petroski, Henry.  1985.  To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design.  New York: St. Martin's.  

Petroski, Henry.  1994.  Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.   

Pool, Robert.  1997.  Beyond Engineering: How Society Shapes Technology.  New York: Oxford University Press.   

Seely, Bruce E.  1987.  Building the American Highway System: Engineers as Policy Makers.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 

Sørensen, Knut, and Nora Levold.  1992.  "Tacit Networks, Heterogeneous Engineers and Embodied Knowledge."  Science, Technology & Human Values 17 (Winter): 13-35.   

Stine, Jeffrey K.  1993.  Mixing the Waters: Environment, Politics, and the Building of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.  University of Akron Press.  

Thomas, Robert J.  1994.  What Machines Can't Do: Politics and Technology in the Industrial Enterprise.  Berkeley: University of California Press.   

Vincenti, Walter.  1990.  What Engineers Know and How They Know It.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.   

Weber, Ernst, and Frederik Nebeker.  1994.  The Evolution of Electrical Engineering: A Personal Perspective.  IEEE.

Whalley, Peter.  1991.  "Negotiating the Boundaries of Engineering: Professionals, Managers, and Manual Work."  Research in the Sociology of Organizations 8: 191-215.

Zussman, Robert.  1985.  Mechanics of the Middle Class: Work and Politics among American Engineers.  Berkeley: University of California Press.   
 

MIT                                                           [back to Table of Contents]

Carlson, W. Bernard.  1988.  "Academic Entrepreneurship and Engineering Education: Dugald C. Jackson and MIT-GE Cooperative Engineering Course, 1907-1932."  Technology and Culture 29 (July): 536-67.

Hapgood, Fred.  1993.  Up the Infinite Corridor: MIT and the Technical Imagination.  Reading: Addison-Wesley   

Lecuyer, Christopher. "The Making of a Science Based Technological University: Karl Compton, James Killian, and the Reform of MIT, 1930-1957." Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences 23 (1992): 153-180.

Leslie, Stuart W.  1993.  The Cold War and American Science: The Military-Industrial-Academic Complex at MIT and Stanford.  New York: Columbia University Press. 

Nikolaos A. Peppas (ed.).  1989.  One Hundred Years of Chemical Engineering (MIT 1888 to Present).  Kluwer Academic.

Owens, Larry. "Vannevar Bush and the Differential Analyzer: The Text and Context of an Early Computer," Technology and Culture 27 (1986): 63-95.

Owens, Larry. "Where are we going Phil Morse? Changing Agendas and the Rhetoric of Obviousness in the Transformation of Computing at MIT, 1939-1957" Annals of the History of Computing 18 # 4 (1996): 34-41.

Peterson, T. F., and Jane Pickering.  Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT.  Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003.

Prescott, Samuel C.  When MIT Was "Boston Tech" 1861-1916.  Cambridge: Technology Press, 1954 <MISA>

Seely, Bruce. "Research, Engineering, and Science in American Engineering Colleges, 1900-1960." Technology and Culture 34 (1993): 344-386.

Stratton, Julius Adams.  1966.  Science and the Educated Man; Selected Speeches.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

White, Pepper.  1991.  The Idea Factory: Learning to Think at MIT.  New York: Dutton.   

Wiener, Norbert [1894-1964].  1993.  Invention: the care and feeding of ideas.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

Wildes, Karl L. and Nilo A. Lindgren.  1985.  A Century of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, 1882-1982.  Cambridge: MIT Press.

Zachary, G. Pascal.  Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century.  Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999; orig. NY: Free Press, 1997.

TECHNOLOGICAL THINKING                                   [back to Table of Contents]


Bucciarelli, Louis L.  1994.  Designing Engineers.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

Edison, Thomas Alva.   The papers of Thomas A. Edison.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989 et seq.  [4 volumes in print]   

Ferguson, Eugene S.  1992.  Engineering and the Mind's Eye.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

French, M. J.  1988.  Invention and evolution: design in nature and engineering.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  

Friedel, Robert, and Paul Israel with Bernard S. Finn.  1986.  Edison's electric light: biography of an invention.  New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.   

Henderson, Kathryn.  1999.  On line and on paper: visual representations, visual culture, and computer graphics in design engineering.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

Hindle, Brooke.  1982.  Emulation and Invention.  New York University Press.  [argues that technologists think similarly to artists, visually, spatially, non-verbally; well-illustrated case studies of e.g. Samuel Morse, painter and telegraph inventor]

Hughes, Thomas P.  1989.  American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970.  New York: Viking Penguin. [see chapter 2 “Choosing and Solving Problems”] 

Israel, Paul.  1992.  From machine shop to industrial laboratory: telegraphy and the changing context of American invention, 1830-1920.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.   

Israel, Paul.  Edison: A Life of Invention.  New York: John Wiley, 1998.  [best biography of Edison] 

Jakab, Peter L.  1990.  Visions of a flying machine: the Wright brothers and the process of invention.  Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press.   

Koestler, Arthur.  1964.  The act of creation.  New York: Macmillan.   

Kranakis, Eda.  1997.  Constructing a Bridge: An Exploration of Engineering Culture, Design, and Research in Nineteenth-Century France and America.  MIT Press.   

Latimer, Margaret et al. (eds.)  1984.  Bridge to the future: a centennial celebration of the Brooklyn Bridge.  New York: New York Academy of Sciences; Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, v. 424. [see Brooke Hindle's essay on visual thinking] 

Layton, Edwin T.   1971.  "Mirror-Image Twins: The Communities of Science and Technology in 19th-Century America." Technology & Culture 12 #4 (October).

Miller, Arthur I.  1984.  Imagery in scientific thought: creating twentieth century physics.  Boston: Birkhauser; Cambridge: MIT Press. 

Peters, Tom F. (et al.).  1981.  Die Entwicklung des Grossbruckenbaus = L'evolution du pont a grande portee = The development of long-span bridge building / The development of long-span bridge building.  Zurich: ETH; 3rd ed., rev.   

Peters, Tom F.  1996.  Building the Nineteenth Century.  MIT Press.  [analyzes the technological thinking of John Smeaton, Gustave Eiffel, and others.]   

Petroski, Henry.  1985.  To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design.  New York: St. Martin's.  

Petroski, Henry.  1994.  Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.   

Petroski, Henry.  1996.  Invention by design: how engineers get from thought to thing.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 

Rosenberg, Nathan, and Walter G. Vincenti.  1978.  The Britannia Bridge: the generation and diffusion of technological knowledge.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

Staudenmaier, John.  1985.  Technology’s Storytellers.  Cambridge: MIT Press.  [see chapter 3 “Science, Technology, and the Characteristics of Technological Knowledge” many pertinent references.]

Vincenti, Walter.  1990.  What Engineers Know and How They Know It.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.   

Weber, Robert J.  Forks, phonographs, and hot air balloons: a field guide to inventive thinking.  New York: Oxford University Press. 

Weber, Robert  J., and David N. Perkins.  1992.  Inventive minds: creativity in technology.  New York: Oxford University Press. 

White, Pepper.  1991.  The Idea Factory: Learning to Think at MIT.  New York: Dutton.   

Wiener, Norbert [1894-1964].  1993.  Invention: the care and feeding of ideas.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   


II. Branches of Engineering

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING            [back to Table of Contents]

Furter, William F.  1980.  History of Chemical Engineering.  American Chemical Society.   

Furter, William F.  1982.  A Century of Chemical Engineering.  Plenum Pub.   

Misa, Thomas J.  1985.  "The Changing Market for Chemical Knowledge: Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in the Delaware Valley, 1851-1929," History and Technology 2: 245-68.

Peppas, Nikolas A. (ed.).  1989.  One hundred years of chemical engineering: from Lewis M. Norton (M.I.T. 1888) to present.  Dordrecht/Boston: Kluwer Academic.

Reynolds, Terry S.  1983.  75 Years of Progress: A History of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1908-1983.  New York: American Institute of Chemical Engineers.   
 

CIVIL ENGINEERING            [back to Table of Contents]

Calhoun, Daniel H.  1960.  The American Civil Engineer: Origins and Conflict.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

Fitchen, John.  1986.  Building Construction Before Mechanization.  MIT Press.   

Hunter, Robert F., and Edwin L. Dooley.  1989.  Claudius Crozet: French Engineer in America, 1790-1864.  Univ. Press of Virginia.

Jackson, Donald C.  1995.  Building the Ultimate Dam: John S. Eastwood and the Control of Water in the West.  University Press of Kansas.   

Kranakis, Eda.  1997.  Constructing a Bridge: An Exploration of Engineering Culture, Design, and Research in Nineteenth-Century France and America.  MIT Press.   

Larkin, F. Daniel.  1990.  John B. Jervis, An American Engineering Pioneer.  Ames: Iowa State University.  

Larson, John W.  1979.  Those Army Engineers: A History of the Chicago District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District.   

O'Connell, Charles F., Jr.  1985. "The Corps of Engineers and the Rise of Modern Management 1827-1856," in M. R. Smith, ed., Military Enterprise and Technological Change (MIT Press), 87-116.   

Peters, Tom F.  1996.  Building the Nineteenth Century.  MIT Press.   

Petroski, Henry.  1985.  To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design.  New York: St. Martin's.  

Petroski, Henry.  1994.  Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.   

Seely, Bruce E.  1987.  Building the American Highway System: Engineers as Policy Makers.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 

Spence, Clark C.  1994.  Mining Engineers and the American West: The Lace-Boot Brigade, 1849-1933.  University of Idaho Press. (orig. Yale U. Press, 1970).   

Stapleton, Darwin H.  1986.  The History of Civil Engineering since 1600: An Annotated Bibliography.  Garland Pub.   

Stine, Jeffrey K.  1993.  Mixing the Waters: Environment, Politics, and the Building of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.  University of Akron Press.  
 

COMPUTERS AND COMPUTING  [see also History of Computers and Computing ]

Aspray, William.  Computing before computers.  Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1990.  [Calculators--History.]

Aspray, William.  1991.  John von Neumann and the Origins of Modern Computing.  MIT Press.   

Babbage, Charles (1791-1871).  Charles Babbage and his calculating engines; selected writings by Charles Babbage and others.  Edited with an introd. by Philip Morrison and Emily Morrison.  New York, Dover Publications, 1961   

Bashe, Charles J. (et al.)  IBM's early computers.  Cambridge: MIT Press, 1986.   

Braun, Ernest, and Stuart Macdonald.  1982.  Revolution in Miniature: The History and Impact of Semiconductor Electronics.  Cambridge University Press; 2nd ed.   

Burks, Arthur W.  The first electronic computer: the Atanasoff story.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1988.  

Campbell-Kelly, Martin, and William Aspray.  1996.  Computer: A History of the Information Machine.  New York: Basic Books. 

Carpenter, B.E. and R.W. Doran.  A.M. Turing's ACE report of 1946 and other papers.  Cambridge: MIT Press/Los Angeles: Tomash Publishers, 1986.   

Ceruzzi, Paul E.  Reckoners: the prehistory of the digital computer, from relays to the stored program concept, 1935-1945.  Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1983.   

Ceruzzi, Paul E.  A history of modern computing. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1998.   

Cortada, James W. (comp.).  1996.  A Bibliographic Guide to the History of Computer Applications, 1950-1990.  Greenwood Publishing. [1,600 entries, arranged by application and industry; fields include higher education, manufacturing, law enforcement, accounting, space travel, ATMs, artificial intelligence, banking, and trucking.]

Cortada, James W.  1993.  Before the Computer: IBM, NCR, Burroughs, and Remington Rand and the Industry They Created, 1865-1956.  Princeton University Press.   

Edwards, Paul N.  The closed world: computers and the politics of discourse in Cold War America. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1996.  

Flamm, Kenneth.  1988.  Creating the Computer: Government, Industry and High Technology.  Washtington: Brookings Institution. 

Goldstine, Herman H.  The computer from Pascal to von Neumann.  Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1980, c1972.  

Grossman, Wendy (ed.).  1997.  Remembering the Future: Interviews from Personal Computer World.  Springer Verlag.  

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ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING  see also computers and computing [back to Table of Contents]

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Ryder, John Douglas.  1984.  Engineers and Electrons: A Century of Electrical Progress.  IEEE.

Weber, Ernst, and Frederik Nebeker.  1994.  The Evolution of Electrical Engineering: A Personal Perspective.  IEEE.

Wildes, Karl L. and Nilo A. Lindgren.  1985.  A Century of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, 1882-1982.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   
 

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING                   [back to Table of Contents]

American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  1980.  Mechanical Engineers in America Born Prior to 1861: A Biographical Dictionary.  New York: American Society of Mechanical Engineers.   

Calvert, Monte A.  1967.  The Mechanical Engineer in America, 1830-1910: Professional Cultures in Conflict.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.   

Ferguson, Eugene S.  1992.  Engineering and the Mind's Eye.  Cambridge: MIT Press.   

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McHugh, Jeanne.  1980.  Alexander Holley and the Makers of Steel (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press)  

Sinclair, Bruce.  1980.  A Centennial History of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1880-1980.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press.   

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