Thursday, October 1, 2009

To Engineer is Human - Henry Petroski

Perhaps one of my favorite non-fiction books, Henry Petroski looks at a very different aspect of engineering that has not really been touched on before; the role of failure in design. In fact, he goes as far as to say that failure is necessary to have a successful design. It’s a seemingly depressing book, if you were to judge it from the writing. But once you really start diving in, you will find a wealth of theories, stories, and real engineering concepts.

He looks at the design and creation of art, buildings, sculpture, bridges, cars, buses and even literature, through Oliver Wendell Holmes magnificent account of the Deacon’s Masterpiece or the Wonderful One-Hoss Shay. He looks at the unexpected way life happens, and proposes that accidents are more than just accidents; they play a vital role in design and construction of anything man has ever tried to do.

As for the writer and his worldview, he hints several times that he might be a Christian, but as it is a technical book, he understandably leaves God completely out of the picture. The worldview of the book is very earth-based, and is completely grounded in a science realm. Everything in the book seems to be written from a biblical worldview, but there is just no way to know for sure.

Over all, I thought it was a very well-written book, and the author seems to know what he is talking about. Perhaps the best part about it is when he talks about when he was a student, and was filled with fear of failing. But what he essentially says is that is the very fear of doing something wrong or failing that drives us to continue on and work harder. I think this is a great book for anyone who likes technical books and a must-read for anyone going into engineering or science related fields.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

4 Questions

So what is a worldview? What does it do? How does it affect us? What impact does it have on the culture? What is culture? What kind of affect does the culture have on us? What defines the music we listen too, the books we read and the movies we watch? Is there any standard by which you can measure anything?

I purpose that there are 4 different questions that you can ask about anything, and the answers will give much insight into whatever it is you are talking about...

1) What led to the creation of he/she/it?
2) What do you know about he/she/it?
3) What does/do he/she/it value?
4) And finally, how has he/she/it changed our culture?

These four questions provide an excellent launching platform for further discussions as well as providing a basic understanding of whatever it is you are investigating...

Monday, September 28, 2009

First Post

So this is going to be a blog with the sole purpose of exploring, contending, fighting for, and talking about worldviews. More specifically, it will be a forum that will be used, for now, to post reviews on books, movies, music, etc. It will also be used to identify and define the worldviews that are presented in the books, movies, music, etc... We will be analyzing everything from a biblical worldview, and how other things relate to us, as christians in this fallen world.

If you have any suggestions on material that you would like analyzed, feel free to email us at