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What is engineering? What is an engineer?? Although it is a very old activity or trade, engineering is a relatively young academic discipline or profession. Only in recent years has it reached a stage of maturity where some of its defining details and differentiating characteristics can be articulated.

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What is engineering? What is an engineer?? Although it is a very old activity or trade, engineering is arelatively young academic discipline or profession. Only in recent years has it reached a stage of maturity where some of its definingdetails and differentiating characteristics can be articulated. Engineering is the endeavor that creates, maintains, develops, andapplies technology for societies' needs and desires. Its origins go back to the very beginning of human civilization where tools werefirst created and developed. Indeed, a good case can be made for the defining of humans as those animals that create, develop, andunderstand the significance of technology.

Over time, the part of technology that acts as an extension of human capabilities became the purview ofengineering. One can view bicycles, cars, and trains as extensions of walking and running. Airplanes are an extension and applicationof a bird's ability to fly transferred to humans. The telegraph, telephone, radio, television, and the internet are extensions oftalking, hearing, and seeing. The microscope, telescope, and medical x-ray are also extensions of human sight and vision.Writing, books, libraries and computer data-bases are extensions of human memory and the computer itself is an extension of the human'sbrain in doing arithmetic and carrying out logical arguments and procedures. Indeed, looking around your environment in almost anysetting, will illustrate just how pervasive technology is. In almost any home or office, there is very little that is truly"natural"; i.e., little that is not created or manipulated by technology. The food that you eat, the utensils that you eat with,the table that you eat off of, the house that you are in, the clothes that you wear, the book that you read, the television thatyou watch, the telephone that you communicate with, the car that you travel in -- these are all technologies created by humancleverness to satisfy human needs. This process of creation is engineering and those who do the creating are practicingengineering, whether they call themselves engineers or not.

Not only is much of the inanimate world created by engineering, part of the living world is also. Almostall crops and agriculturally produced food stuff are "engineered" through selective breeding. The same is true of domestic animalssuch as pets and animals raised for food or sport. Certainly the dogs, cats, and cattle have not "naturally" evolved to theircurrent state. They have been “created” or “designed” to satisfy human desires or needs. The slow and less exact methods ofcontrolled breeding are being replaced by genetic engineering, tissue engineering, and applications of nanotechnology. We humanshave the cleverness to do that. It is the development of the tools, theories, and methods and the understanding of the appropriatesciences and mathematics for that process that is engineering. It is a central part of the history of humanity.

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who was the father of economic ?why?
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who was the known as father of economic?why?
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Rationing and hoarding
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how do the size of a country's population affect labour force
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a mixed economic system
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What are the types of price elasticity of demand
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what are massures to promote geographical mobility of labor?
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Is to make sure that a labourer to know more about his salary to earn before going to the direction
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what is trade
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Trade is a basic economic concept involving the buying and selling of goods and services, with compensation paid by a buyer to a seller, or the exchange of goods or services between parties. Trade can take place within an economy between producers and consumers.
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fisical policy or fiscal policy?
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what are.the characteristics of economic goods
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what are the importance of labour market?
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1..traditional stage..no science and technology is applied hence poor productionuu.2..the take off stage..some development strategies are initiated eg transport system is improved but the traditional cultural belief still remain .3..the prematurely stage..technological methods of production are appl
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What is Easiest Formula For National Income?
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supply of good refer to the total unit of production which is ready to sell at a given price
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any cost that has already occurred but not necessarily shown or reported as a separate expense.
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Source:  OpenStax, Engineering -- a modern creative discipline (incomplete). OpenStax CNX. Jan 01, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10362/1.3
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