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This is a compilation site for theories about engineering. It also highlights individual engineer theorists.

The latest addition is Joel Mokyr's The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress . All additions are listed in the update history.

Theories about Engineering

All engineers know of iconic figures in their own fields who have advanced knowledge in major steps. Less well know are Engineer Theorists. These are people who seek to thoughtfully describe the interplay of factors in engineering practice. .. more

The selections below are not written in stone. It is anticipated that these will be added to, discussed and perhaps reordered over time. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Defining Philosophies

Major Theories

Mid-Range Theories

Alternate Theories

Open Issues

Engineering Practices

Engineering History