Richard Hamming inspired a generation of engineers, scientists, and researchers in 1986 with “You and Your Research”—an exhortation to seek out important problems, establish comfort with ambiguity, and be unapologetic in the pursuit of excellence.
The Art of Doing Science and Engineering is the full expression of what “You and Your Research” outlined. It’s a book about thinking; more specifically, a style of thinking by which great ideas are conceived. Adapted from a course that Hamming taught at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and with a new foreword by Bret Victor, The Art of Doing Science and Engineering is a reminder that a childlike capacity for learning and creativity are accessible to everyone.