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Is it Engineering or Science?

ThinkSnowThinkSnow Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
edited April 2010 in Engineering Majors
What is difference between Engineering and Science, $. If no one ask you how much it cost you are doing science. Engineers are well paid because of the large amount of capital that it takes to construct and operate a plant.

The second difference is rate. A Chemist is asked how much. A Chemical Engineer is asked how much per hour. Time is needed to calculate an annual rate in cost savings for a new project.
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Replies to: Is it Engineering or Science?

  • sumzupsumzup Registered User Posts: 799 Member
    Er, ok. What is your point?
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Forum Champion Engineering Posts: 7,478 Forum Champion
    Huh? Did you eat some bad fish?
  • winbackerwinbacker Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    Both scientists and engineers apply their knowledge of the physical sciences to solve world problems.

    However, Science is focused more on knowledge for the sake of knowledge itself, perhaps more "discoveries" are made by scientists as opposed to engineers.

    Engineers are more "problem solvers" rather than "discoverers" (although they discover things too). Engineers are focused more on applying already-discovered knowledge to solve problems and build things, usually while being as economical with cost as possible.

    Again there's lots of overlap between the two. Engineers do discover and scientists do solve problems. They are the noblest of fields, in my opinion. So to sum it up:

    Science is more focused on gaining new knowledge/understanding and making discoveries.

    Engineering is more focused on taking existing knowledge to solve real problems.
  • cyclone10cyclone10 Registered User Posts: 400 Member
    'chem is asked how much a chem E is...',
    'engineerings do discover and scientists do solve problems'

    to the OP, this kind of cliche stuff, I would disregard it. The truth is there are many similarities and some important differences as well...so you need to ask more specific questions
  • AuburnMathTutorAuburnMathTutor Registered User Posts: 1,770 Senior Member
    ^ Well said.

    It's pretty complicated because there are more or less applied areas of science, and the difference between applied science and engineering research may be hazy. It also depends on the field...

    Still, I think that exposure to the cliche'd views can be useful to some extent. There is a ring of truth to them. The important thing is not to think one is more important or nobler than the other. Different strokes.

    Also, I would say that, academically, the differences are subtle, while the differences are quite pronounced in terms of jobs and required training.
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