Celebrating 16 years of crappy tone
- May 27, 2020
- The Lonely Mountain
Engineering IS a scientific field, but considered applied science. Meaning... other people figure the stuff out and engineers put it to use. There is a LOT of college course overlap between an engineering degree and one of the science degrees. Several semesters of calculus, chemistry, physics, etc. Basically, Bill Nye knows his stuff.
No doubt there. When I was at college studying civil engineering, the explanation about the idea that it was a non-scientific field of study was that even though you do need a well versed background of scientific comprehension, you arent really doing any sort of experimentation type activities or testing concepts, at least not in the sense of proving a hypothesis. As my instructor used to say "your'e pouring concrete kid no splittin' atoms". Frankly, if one wants to consider it a scientific field, I can see it and wouldn't argue it. I agree, Bill Nye knows how things work. If I recall correctly, he studied under Carl Sagan and worked for Boeing for a time. I don't like how people flippantly call him an "actor". By explaining science to children (myself included), he's done more for scientific progress than most.