This text is intended to fit schools that are focusing on meeting the ABET guidelines by preparing their Engineering students for success in a wide variety of areas. Engineering professors will appreciate that the book takes a very applied case-oriented approach to the topic. The brief and modular nature of the text make it a natural fit for the B.E.S.T. series in CREATE.
Written specifically for the EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering and Technology, this book covers the three mandatory units on this course: Engineering Environment Awareness, Engineering Techniques, and Engineering Principles. Within each unit, the Learning Outcomes are covered in detail and the book includes activities and test your knowledge sections to check your understanding. At the end of each chapter is a checklist to make sure you have achieved each objective before you move onto the next section. At www.key2engtech.com, you can download answers to selected questions found within the book, as well as reference material and resources to support several other EAL units. This book is a must have for all learners studying for their EAL Level 2 Diploma award in Engineering and Technology and contains all of the essential knowledge you need to complete this course.
Human knowledge is collective, distributed across the population. It has built on itself for centuries, becoming vast and increasingly specialized. Most of us are ignorant about the fundamental principles of the civilization that supports us, happily utilizing the latest—or even the most basic—technology without having the slightest idea of why it works or how it came to be. If you had to go back to absolute basics, like some sort of postcataclysmic Robinson Crusoe, would you know how to re-create an internal combustion engine, put together a microscope, get metals out of rock, or even how to produce food for yourself?
Lewis Dartnell proposes that the key to preserving civilization in an apocalyptic scenario is to provide a quickstart guide, adapted to cataclysmic circumstances. The Knowledge describes many of the modern technologies we employ, but first it explains the fundamentals upon which they are built. Every piece of technology rests on an enormous support network of other technologies, all interlinked and mutually dependent. You can’t hope to build a radio, for example, without understanding how to acquire the raw materials it requires, as well as generate the electricity needed to run it. But Dartnell doesn’t just provide specific information for starting over; he also reveals the greatest invention of them all—the phenomenal knowledge-generating machine that is the scientific method itself.
The Knowledge is a brilliantly original guide to the fundamentals of science and how it built our modern world.