"Meehan's anecdotal essays on his education, socialization, and professional experiences as a geotechnical engineer should be illuminating to people who think of engineers as a dull lot and engineering as a dehumanized profession. Each of the nine essays - or perhaps stories - in this book could stand on its own and several would not look out of place in the New Yorker. Meehan has a remarkable flair for catching the essence of a person ... a locale, a social situation, or a piece of work.... This book belongs on the shelf with Florman's The Existential Pleasures of Engineering ... and is recommended to every student contemplating an engineering career as well as students and practitioners of the profession. A general audience will find the book a good 'read' with much wit, wisdom, and humanity."
- Science Books & Films
President of Earth Sciences Associates in Palo Alto and a consulting professor at Stanford University, Richard Meehan's career has taken him from MIT to the Andes of central Chile and to northeast Thailand, where "there were insects that laid eggs in your skin as you slept."