Essential Engineer

book coverThe Essential Engineer : why science alone will not solve our global problems / Henry Petroski, Knopf, 2010

This book compares engineers with scientists, and highlights the importance of engineering to humanity. Written by a mechanical engineer who is particularly literate, it is readable and will motivate engineers of all types. Hardcover, 250 pages.

Wetware

book coverWetware : a computer in every living cell / Dennis Bray, Yale University Press, 2009

This book will interest zoologists. Can you compare living systems and computers? What are the origins of sentient properties from inanimate matter? The author discusses how living cells perform computations. Well written, hard cover, 250 pages.