Engineing Resources: Learn Modern Engineering History

In summary: For someone interested in Mechanical Engineering, they should study thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, materials science, and so forth. The best way to learn about engineering evolution is to do projects. My son is a biomedical engineer, and he does projects all the time to learn about the latest medical technology. In summary, it's not clear which branch of engineering you are interested in. You might want to read some books about general engineering, and then do some projects to really learn about the field.
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I just started college and was pleasantly surprised to see that a lot of my classmates know a lot about different engineering stuff. Some would know all the parts of a car and maybe how the ac worked etc... for me other than programming I was ashamed of how limited my knowledge of these things are.

So I am asking you what you think are good books, websites and maybe even classes you think are a must or just good for someone studying engineering to read ? What is a good way to learn about how modern day engineering evolved into what it is now ?

this may be a bad place to ask this, seeing as the internet is at my fingertips :/ anyways thank for the help.
 
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A) Don't sweat it - most entering freshman are very nervous and will talk / brag about what they know, but in reality they do not know that much.
B) IMO - you can not read about something on your own that you are not interested in and learn much.
C) Doing things teaches you more - if you are good a programming - do a project on your desk ( like an arduino) the hands-on experience will be valuable. -- Even then find some DIY project and do it... I had a digital dice box I had built when I went to college ( granted some time ago) but the EEs wanted to play games with that ...
 
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websites

The HowStuffWorks website has some useful information. Unfortunately it's been over-run with advertisements the last couple of years, but if you can find your way around them, there is a lot of good information there about lots of things.
 
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A) Don't sweat it - most entering freshman are very nervous and will talk / brag about what they know, but in reality they do not know that much.
B) IMO - you can not read about something on your own that you are not interested in and learn much.
C) Doing things teaches you more - if you are good a programming - do a project on your desk ( like an arduino) the hands-on experience will be valuable. -- Even then find some DIY project and do it... I had a digital dice box I had built when I went to college ( granted some time ago) but the EEs wanted to play games with that ...

I hope that its just everyone playing way too much of their cards way too early ...
I am very grateful I was reading a book about wings and was bored as hell, but I get your point, I learned nothing from my reading so far. My time could have been better spent doing something that I actually learn from. Thank you
 
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Hi,
I just started college and was pleasantly surprised to see that a lot of my classmates know a lot about different engineering stuff. Some would know all the parts of a car and maybe how the ac worked etc... for me other than programming I was ashamed of how limited my knowledge of these things are.

So I am asking you what you think are good books, websites and maybe even classes you think are a must or just good for someone studying engineering to read ? What is a good way to learn about how modern day engineering evolved into what it is now ?

this may be a bad place to ask this, seeing as the internet is at my fingertips :/ anyways thank for the help.
It's not clear which branch of engineering you are interested in. "Engineering" is composed of many different sub-disciplines, and each sub-discipline followed its own particular path of development.

For good general reading, I recommend the books of Henry Petroski:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Petroski
 
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SteamKing said:
"Engineering" is composed of many different sub-disciplines, and each sub-discipline followed its own particular path of development.

My son just started at PSU - there are no declared Eng majors until around 40-50 Credits. All of the Students are just in College of Engineering. The they have to meet different GPA requirements for the different disciplines.
 

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1. What is the purpose of learning modern engineering history?

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