Once you have an innovation culture, even those who are not scientists or engineers - poets, actors, journalists - they, as communities, embrace the meaning of what it is to be scientifically literate. They embrace the concept of an innovation culture. They vote in ways that promote it. They don't fight science and they don't fight technology.
Engineers are behind the cars we drive, the pills we pop and the way we power our homes.
Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems.
The Yankees, the first mechanicians in the world, are engineers - just as the Italians are musicians and the Germans metaphysicians - by right of birth. Nothing is more natural, therefore, than to perceive them applying their audacious ingenuity to the science of gunnery.
One has to look out for engineers - they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb.