Johns Hopkins University Press, 701 W. 40th St., Baltimore, MD 21211 ($29.50 hard cover, $9.95 paperback).
In examining the history of American engineering, this book emphasizes professionalism, social responsibility, and ethics. It explains how some engineers have attempted to express a concern for the social effects of technology and to forge codes of ethics which could articulate the profession's fundamental obligation to the public. The document's major sections address: (1) the engineer and business; (2) the evolution of the profession; (3) the ideology of engineering; (4) the politics of status; (5) the revolt of the civil engineers; (6) measuring the unmeasurable (scientific management and reform); (7) the engineer as reformer (Morris L. Cooke); (8) the engineering method personified (Herbert Hoover and the Federated American Engineering Societies); (9) the return to normalcy (1921-1929); and (10) the depression and the New Deal (the engineers ideology in decline). An epilogue entitled "The Rise of Scientific Professionalism" is followed by a bibliographic essay listing primary and secondary sources, and an index. (TW)