To Our Readers
The Engineer, in setting out on its mission, may be permitted a few words of self-explanation. The title is restrictive, but not a narrow one; the breadth it covers is co-extensive with the greater half of the industrial energy which the country at this moment manifests; and eked out as it is the scope is certainly as ample as any publication, however capacious, can hope adequately to represent.
Engineering, even in the restricted sense, is not the mere science of machines: these are the tools it employs in its manipulations, but its functions reach far beyond the construction, even beyond the applications of machinery.
The professional engineer finds, indeed, that the data with which he works as to be gathered alike from the most homely precepts of everyday experience and the remotest provinces of the physical sciences.