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A Lever Long Enough: A History of Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Science Since 1864 Hardcover – 20 Jun 2014


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Robert McCaughey's history of the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science is an exemplary study of a largely independent but always dependent unit of the university. Begun in 1864 as the School of Mines, engineering at Columbia oscillated from a pioneer leader of its field to near irrelevance and back to national distinction. McCaughey relates these vicissitudes with candor and grace, drawing on his unparalleled knowledge of the university's history. Besides providing a uniquely valuable contribution to higher education history, this volume opens a window on enduring issues of university leadership and technological education. -- Roger L. Geiger, Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Pennsylvania State University Comprehensive and candid, A Lever Long Enough is a worthy history of an important engineering institution. Civil Engineering

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Robert McCaughey is professor of history and Janet H. Robb Chair in the Social Sciences at Barnard College, where he has also served as dean of the faculty. He has written extensively on the history of American cultural institutions and the American professoriate, including his books Stand, Columbia: A History of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1754-2004 and The American Nation: A History of the United States, seventh edition (with J. A. Garraty).


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