I'm interested in being an engineer, what's a day in the life like and what should I do to prepare?

Delta prime

Joined Nov 15, 2019
I know there's a lot of math involved, what else?
Nothing is more rewarding than being the first curious human being to find the solution to some puzzle about the natural world.
To do good science,
you must be trained in some discipline, like
mathematics, physics, chemistry, or biology,
sometimes in more than one. In addition, you must
know what others have been doing in your field. But that is not enough.
A “know-it-all” is no more a
scientist than a collector of paintings is an artist,
discoveries are made and it is as much a cultural activity as art, poetry, theatre or music. The simple fact that you posed this question leads me to believe that you will be excellent engineer and or scientists.


Joined Aug 27, 2009


1. The architect should be equipped with knowledge of many branches of study and varied kinds of learning, for it is by his judgement that all work done by the other arts is put to test. This knowledge is the child of practice and theory. Practice is the continuous and regular exercise of employment where manual work is done with any necessary material according to the design of a drawing. Theory, on the other hand, is the ability to demonstrate and explain the productions of dexterity on the principles of proportion.

2. It follows, therefore, that architects who have aimed at acquiring manual skill without scholarship have never been able to reach a position of authority to correspond to their pains, while those who relied only upon theories and scholarship were obviously hunting the shadow, not the substance. But those who have a thorough knowledge of both, like men armed at all points, have the sooner attained their object and carried authority with them.

3. In all matters, but particularly in architecture, there are these two points:—the thing signified, and that which gives it its significance. That which is signified is the subject of which we may be speaking; and that which gives significance is a demonstration on scientific principles. It appears, then, that one who professes himself an architect should be well versed in both directions. He ought, therefore, to be both naturally gifted and amenable to instruction. Neither natural ability without instruction nor instruction without natural ability can make the perfect artist. Let him be educated, skilful with the pencil, instructed in geometry, know much history, have followed the philosophers with attention, understand music, have some knowledge of medicine,[6] know the opinions of the jurists, and be acquainted with astronomy and the theory of the heavens.
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