Think Like an Engineer: Inside the Minds That are Changing Our Lives

Author(s): Guru Madhavan

Mathematics & Science

Engineering is everywhere, but few of us understand how engineers think. From disposable nappies to the digital revolution and countless innovations in the world around us, engineering has a profound impact on our lives. The engineering mindset is much like a Swiss-army knife - multipurpose, combining structured and abstract thinking, common sense and great imagination, and cross-pollinating information from every possible sector. With the help of a cast of star engineers and fascinating, unexpected real world examples, Madhavan offers a framework for you to think like the best engineers - more creatively, systematically and strategically so that you can learn to make better decisions and create innovative solutions in a complex world.


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"Smart, insightful, and fascinating. Madhavan shows how engineers turn problems into opportunities. The engineering mindset is something we should all study and embrace. It applies to every aspect of life." -- Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography "This thoroughly engaging book demonstrates that engineering thinking is truly multidisciplinary, multinational, and multicultural. Through its diverse cast of engineers and wide-ranging examples of their achievements, Think Like An Engineer leaves little doubt that our world is a better place because of the engineers who inhabit it." -- Henry Petroski, Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History, Duke University; author of To Engineer Is Human and The Essential Engineer

Guruprasad Madhavan is a senior program officer at the National Academies, Washington, DC. He has a doctorate in biomedical engineering. He was named as one of the 'New Faces of Engineering' by USA Today and as a distinguished young scientist by the World Economic Forum. He lives in Washington D.C.

General Fields

  • : 9781780746371
  • : Oneworld Publications
  • : Oneworld Publications
  • : August 2015
  • : books

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  • : Guru Madhavan
  • : Paperback
  • : 304