Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Volume 40

Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Volume 40

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...It is almost needless to add that the average college graduate will not be content to attend to one small division of labor and be himself a machine till some one contrives another in brass and iron to take his place. These colleges do not provide the proper food for ordinary workmen but aim to make a man who, with a little practical training and the necessary experience, will be fit for any position. It should be remembered by those who wish everybody to be alike and to receive the best of everything, that workmen are needed by the thousand, while directing foremen and managers are needed by the tens and ones;--in fact that high positions are few and average positions only moderately plentiful;--also that a brilliant gem will shine whether it be polished or not. If we want to advance mechanical science and consequently engineering, let us keep clearly before us what each department taking part in the subject can best do and let the college instructor and the workshop instructor and the manufacturer or the practical engineer work together as parts of the same educational machine. Undoubtedly the college class can do much to assist the practical engineer in obtaining valuable recruits to the profession and in raising the standard of these recruits higher and higher. Particularly is this the case in the direction of knowledge of general principles or laws which have already been discovered and in the equipment of every man with a fair knowledge of mathematics and physics and other allied branches of science. In this way the apprentice can be turned to useful account from the beginning and he, from his training in how to observe, acquires experience rapidly when given the opportunity to do so. When a clear conception is obtained of how much...
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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 399g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236796810
  • 9781236796813