Monday, August 27, 2012

An Engineer

A century hence, 2000 may be viewed as quite a primitive period in human history.  It's something to hope for. ...  I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer -- born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in the steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace, and propelled by compressible flow.  As an engineer, I take a substantial amount of pride in the accomplishments of my profession.

-- Neil Alden Armstrong (5 August 1930 - 25 August 2012), test pilot and astronaut, commander of Apollo 11, first man to walk on the moon, in "The Engineered Century", remarks delivered during National Engineers Week on behalf of the National Academy of Engineering at the National Press Club, 22 February 2000

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