## Comment Re:Scientists trained to ask "Why?" (Score 1) 491

Where I come from, engineers take exactly the same classes in math and physics as the physicists and mathematicians, although not all of them. For example I did study electrical engineering (classified as an engineering 'science') at one of the major universities in Germany. Mathematical proof (problem solving) was the order of the day for the first two years. to build a scientific foundation of understanding. I was taught that this was the way to make sure your 'tools' work properly. After that, application became more important. You have your set of 'tools' of which you know by now, that they're working for certain problems and when they're not working properly, you've got the means to research and develop new 'tools' that solve the problem.

That's what is taught anyway, not necessarily what people actually do in the end.