These days I don’t get to read books end to end. I do the next best – enjoy vicariously reading reviews. Here’s one from a blogger giving me those moments. Looks like a good read for engineers? Don’t miss the last part. With thanks, Psri:
A manned mission to Mars goes badly wrong: a storm forces the team to abort the mission, and in the melee, one member of the crew is left behind on the planet. All alone in the desert world, he figures out how to survive and manages to stay alive for the 543 Martian days that it takes for NASA to come and get him. All he has for company are his NASA training, his educational grounding in botany and mechanical engineering, his innate resourcefulness, his sense of humor, several million taxpayer dollars worth of NASA equipment, and for at least some of the time, the advice of the best minds in the solar system at his disposal.
The Martian is not Science Fiction: it is Engineering Fiction. In fact, it is Engineering Porn. Science is about hypothesis and speculation, and about at least a modicum of philosophical reflection about the…
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