• Question: what is the best thing you have seen in engineering

    Asked by 8hodgej to Andy, Bill, Grant, Kayleigh, Rain on 16 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by charlotte1999.
    • Photo: Andrew Hearn

      Andrew Hearn answered on 16 Mar 2012:


      It is a piece of code which makes up an important part of an operating system created by thousands and thousands of people, and they all share the rewards of the work that they all put in, and even more important is that it is free for us all to use, which means in developing countries (where they can’t afford expensive software) everyone can use computers and access the Internet.

      What’s more, the Internet is almost run on Linux! Nearly all of the world’s biggest, best, and most powerful computers are running Linux! (Android phones run Linux too, so how cool is that?!)

    • Photo: Rain Irshad

      Rain Irshad answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      Aerogel’s pretty amazing:


    • Photo: Grant Cairnie

      Grant Cairnie answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      The Aeroplane.

    • Photo: Bill Price

      Bill Price answered on 21 Mar 2012:

      A carbon fibre sculling boat is a nifty thing. Ultra light, ultra stiff and very fast through the water. A Filippe F7 is very nice.