Well, where's the fun if one is not annoying people? This is Topix! To annoy and to be annoyed is why we're all here after all, innit?<quoted text>Gee. Thanks, Teddy, gosh, you're annoying some people.
The subject was not whether engineering is science or not. Actually, it's based firmly on science and mathematics. Did you know that a PhD in engineering is considered a scientist? As a fact, the man in charge of our NAS (National Academy of Sciences), Dr Cicero is a PhD in Electrical Engineering.
Thanks again for the opportunity to discuss.
Certainly one can point to many fine engineers and scientists like your Dr. Cicero who have distinguished themselves both as Engineers and as Scientists through their work in each field, just as there are many talented MD-PhDs in the medical field.
Yet the two pursuits remain fundamentally different in nature. The practice of medicine and engineering are Arts - the Art of applying scientific principles and knowledge to solving practical problems through sound professional judgement grounded in practical experience; one does not "experiment" in engineering or clinical practice. A very different game than the pursuit of scientific knowledge.
That there are many talented men and women who are capable of crossing over between science and engineering (or, similarly, between science and clinical practice), to do leading work in both does not make the fundamental difference between science and engineering any less distinct. Those folks I'm sure would agree, and are generally never in doubt about which "hat" they are wearing to work in any given pursuit, whether as scientist vs. engineer or researcher vs. physician.