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Indeed.  From the New Yorker.  Precisely my response to the article appearing on the same page.

My response is perhaps the same as one I gave, more than 20 years ago, to a dean of the school of “Engineering and Science” at a university where I applied for a faculty job, who’s son was studying engineering, a chemist who wondered why “anyone would want to be an engineer.”  My response was shock–this is the dean of the college of engineering–and it took me a while to formulate a response.  “Some people feel the need to be useful”, I said.  Which is an inspired choice, I think.  I didn’t get the job.

One Comment

  1. The web link doesn’t show another article? Can you link to it too please?

    On Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 9:38 PM Dennis Witmer’s Web Site wrote:

    > denniswitmer posted: ” Indeed. From the New Yorker. Precisely my > response to the article appearing on the same page.” >


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