First, there\’s the standard engineer\’s fallacy:
Before asking how many engineers we need, we should first ask: "What will they be doing?"
We should not even be asking how many engineers we need. We should ask "do we have a functioning market for engineers? Do people respond to the incentives within that market?" If the answer to both is "Yes" then we have the number of engineers that we need.
But much more fun that that:
Chris Wise, the engineering director behind London\’s Millennium bridge
We\’re now taking advice on engineering from th bloke behind the Millennium Bridge? The one that ignored the basics of harmonics? Even after the Tacoma Narrows bridge, the film of which is shown in about the first 15 minutes of any engineering course?
was professor of creative design at Imperial College until 2005
Those who can do, those who can\’t teach, eh?