Hut - The Engineer's Paperback

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Das Hütte - Des Ingenieurs Taschenbuch (today Hütte - Das Ingenieurwissen ) is a reference work for engineers in various directions. It was compiled for the first time in 1857 by the Hut Academic Association , from which the Association of German Engineers (VDI) emerged . The various authors were members of the association. The technical illustrations were created by Otto Ebel using woodcut technology. It is still being published in constantly revised editions and is therefore the oldest engineering reference work still available today .

First edition 1857 and bibliophile reprint 2007

Four pages of the first edition (Reprint 2007)

The book was initially divided into three sections: Mathematics and Mechanics , Mechanical Engineering and Technology, and Building Science and was originally published by Ernst & Korn (Gropius'sche Buch- und Kunsthandlung), Berlin , later Ernst and Son , where it was published until 1971 .

For the 150th anniversary in 2007, the first edition was reissued as a bibliophile reprint.

Historical development

"Family tree"

Starting with the first edition in 1857, further book series have been developed over the decades. The reference work quickly developed into a standard work for engineers and was often reprinted and translated into other languages ​​due to the great demand. In 1890 the work was divided into two, in 1908 into three and finally into four volumes in 1922. With the 27th edition in 1949, volume four was no longer available.

Recent history

In the first few years after the Second World War , the plant was temporarily relocated to both the Federal Republic of Germany and the GDR .

The scientific Springer-Verlag has been publishing the paperback since June 16, 1971 and is still the publisher of all hut manuals. At the same time, the series was now called Hut - Pocket Books of Technology . From the 29th edition in 1989 (volume editor Horst Czichos ), which was completely revised, the work appeared again in one volume under the title Hut - The Basics of Engineering . With the 32nd edition, it was renamed again to the current name Hut - Das Ingenieurwissen.

For the 150th anniversary in 2007, the book was published in its 33rd edition. It is based on the current state of science and technology and on the curricula of technical universities and technical colleges and comprises the following sections:

  • Mathematical and scientific basics:
A math and statistics
B physics
C chemistry
  • Technological basics:
D materials
E engineering mechanics
F Technical Thermodynamics
G electrical engineering
H measurement technology
I Regulation and control technology
J Computer engineering
  • Basics for products and services:
K development and construction
L production
  • Economic-legal basis:
M business administration
N management
O standardization
P right
Q patents

The 34th edition was published in 2012, and the 35th edition is planned for 2020.

Web links


  • Kurrer, K.-E. : On the history of the development of the German-language tables in civil engineering. In: Uta Hassler (ed.): The textbook discourse on building . Vdf Hochschulverlag, Zurich 2015, ISBN 978-3-7281-3686-2 , pp. 262–281.

Individual evidence

  2. ^ First edition (reprint), 2007, ISBN 978-3-9811903-0-4
  3. Springer, Berlin 2007, ISBN 978-3-540-71851-2 ; Volume editors Horst Czichos and Manfred Hennecke
  4. HÜTTE - The engineering knowledge. Editors: Czichos, Horst, Hennecke, Manfred, Akademischer Verein Hütte eV (ed.), Springer 2012
  5. HÜTTE - The engineering knowledge. Editors: Hennecke, Manfred, Skrotzki, Birgit (eds.), Springer 2020