High-Pressure Steam Engines and Computer Software

Here is an interesting link read comparing development of steam engines and software engineering. I particularly liked this paragraph – “A second reason for the number of accidents was that engineers had badly miscalculated the working
environment of steam engines and the quality of the operators and maintainers. Most designs for engines
and safety features were based on the assumption that owners and operators would behave rationally,
conscientiously, and capably. But operators and maintainers were poorly trained, and economic incentives
existed to override the safety devices in order to get more work done. Owners and operators had little
understanding of the workings of the engine and the limits of its operation.” Enjoy. Ganesh


  1. Anonymous said February 26, 2005, 8:51 pm:

    very interesting.