Top 10 Popular Books for Engineers

A few years ago, we published a list of books that we thought would make interesting and informative reads for engineering professionals. Over the time that this article has been active, we have observed that the following books have also been incredibly popular with engineers. The following are the top 10 books from this list.


The Existential Pleasures of Engineering (Thomas Dunne Book)

This book is by Samuel Florman, an engineer by profession provided his reflection on the nature of engineer. This book is Florman’s second of his popular Existential Pleasures of Engineering, in which he explores how engineers think and feel about their profession.


To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design

Perhaps one of the most popular of Henry Petroski’s book in which he covers many of the best known examples of well-intentioned but ultimately failed design in action, such as the like of Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The line of reasoning that Petroski develops in this book were later formalized into his quasi-Darwinian model of technological evolution in The Evolution of Useful Things.


1001 Inventions That Changed the World


The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914


The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems


Unwritten Laws of Engineering: Revised and Updated Edition


Great Modern Structures: 100 Years of Engineering Genius


Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America


Panama Fever: The Epic Story of the Building of the Panama Canal (Vintage)


Inviting Disaster: Lessons From the Edge of Technology

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