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Why is a “naval architect” not called a “naval engineer”?   The profession of naval architecture is unique among engineers – civil, electrical and mechanicals all call themselves “engineers”, but naval and maritime professionals persist in using the word “architect”.  This lecture explores where the term comes from, how has it changed, in relation to other engineer professions, and what it mean today.

Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It. Alfred A. Knopf, 2016 (Pulitzer Prize Finalist in History 2017 ; Journal of the American Revolution Book of the Year 2016)


Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition that Reshaped Our World. New York: Basic Books, 2011 (Physics World Top 10 books of 2011)


Ships and Science: The Birth of Naval Architecture in the Scientific Revolution, 1600-1800. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007 (North American Society for Oceanic History award, best science, and technology book, 2007)


Technology of the Ships of Trafalgar (editor). Madrid: UPM, 2006


Bridging the Seas: The Rise of Naval Architecture in the Industrial Age, 1800-2000. In process

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