Comprehending Engineers
Thursday, December 24th, 2009 | Author: David Morris

Comprehending Engineers -Take One

In a high school gym class, all the girls are lined up against one wall, and all the boys against the opposite wall. Every ten seconds, they walk toward each other exactly half the remaining distance between them. A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer are asked, “When will the girls and boys meet?”

Mathematician: “Never.”
Physicist: “In an infinite amount of time.”
Engineer: “Well… in about two minutes, they’ll be close enough for all practical purposes.”

Comprehending Engineers – Take Two

There was an engineer who had an exceptional gift for fixing all things mechanical. After serving his company loyally for over 30 years, he happily retired. Several years later his company contacted him regarding a seemingly impossible problem they were having. One of their multi-million dollar machines wasn’t working and no one knew how to fix it. The engineer reluctantly took the challenge. He spent a day studying the huge machine. At the end of the day he marked a small “x” in chalk on a particular component of the machine and proudly stated, “Replace this part and the machine will work.” The part was replaced and the machine worked perfectly once again. The company received a bill for $50,000 from the engineer. They demanded an itemized accounting of his charges. The engineer responded:

One chalk mark .................. $1
Knowing where to put it .... $49,999

The bill was paid.

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