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3 Books Every Engineering Student Should Read

This list is by no means exhaustive, but here are the 3 best books that every engineering student should read.

Each of the books on this list is suggested by a Fupping contributor.

#1 How to Fly a Horse by Kevin Ashton

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This interesting non-fiction read combats the idea that innovation occurs in a single genius's light bulb moment, but instead happens incrementally and due to the efforts of many people. Now, I contend that innovation occurs both in an incremental manner as the book suggests, and in a light-bulb moments - I don't think it's an either-or proposition. Nonetheless, a beautifully written, fun read.

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Contributors: Dan Kline from NOVO Engineering

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#2 The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

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This well-researched book highlights a transitional period in human development, the dawn of commercial aviation. The obsession with detail, complete dedication to the cause, intuitive engineering, craftsmanship, commitment, and drive of these two brothers is nothing short of phenomenal. Competition between aeronautics inventors, politics, interest from the defense industry, commercial interests, and the eventual fascination with flight by the public combine to make this a fascinating story about the impact engineer-inventors can have on society. 

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Contributors: Dan Kline from NOVO Engineering

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#3 Failure is Not an Option by Gene Kranz

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This is a no-brainer. It's a testimony to what a committed team can accomplish under extraordinary pressure. It's a study in leadership; Gene Kranz gives us a magnificent case study in management under extreme conditions. While not all engineering projects have the mission-critical nature of a manned space mission, this story has a lot to teach us about the diligence that is required to ensure that engineered products and equipment are safe and the possible effects if something is overlooked. Even though you know the ending, it's still an exciting read. 

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Contributors: Dan Kline from NOVO Engineering

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