'Crushed like soufflé under sledgehammer': Elon Musk has a warning for Tesla

'Crushed like soufflé under sledgehammer': Elon Musk has a warning for Tesla


Another day, another controversial Elon Musk tweet.

Tesla CEO and head of SpaceX, Elon Musk is known for being an 'eccentric genuis.' He sent the first commercially owned spaceflight to the International Space Center. He set up Internet in the skies with Starlink. He named his newborn baby a series of roman numerals. He wants to colonize Mars.

“When looking at our actual profitability, it is very low at around 1% for the past year. Investors are giving us a lot of credit for future profitability, but if, at any point, they conclude that’s not going to happen, our stock will immediately get crushed like a souffle under a sledgehammer!" Musk wrote in the email viewed by Bloomberg News.

"Science is discovering the essential truths about what exists in the Universe, engineering is about creating things that never existed," he wrote, adding a link to a Wikipedia definition of 'Engineer.'

He further went on to add "Much of what people think of an science is actually engineering, eg no such thing as a “rocket scientist”, only rocket engineers. Latter is who put humans on the moon."

While Musk didn't offer proper definition of who 'They' were, and anything besides a crowd-sourced link, the jab didn't go down very well in the scientific community.

Elon Musk, however, isn't wrong. Well, not completely. Science and engineering, especially when it comes to space, kind of go hand-in-hand. Engineers build the rockets, build the infrastructure to get you to the moon: But what about the theories and the discoveries which led them there? Engineering didn't make the discoveries, didn't figure out how to take them forward to lead them into an actual innovation.

Science and engineering is a collaborative process, and while Musk's shoutout to engineers and recognizing them is great, it comes at a cost of explaining how 'This ain't it' to science, when they really do deserve the credit they are given.

Musk doesn't have an engineering degree - and kind of has a science degree. He began the first in physics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, after he moved to Canada from his native South Africa. He completed it at the University of Pennsylvania, where he transferred after two years to earn his second bachelor’s degree, in economics, at the Wharton School. He completed it the following year. Musk then headed for Stanford to start a Ph.D. in applied physics, which he dropped out o

Elon Musk, however, isn't wrong. Well, not completely.  Engineers build the rockets, build the infrastructure to get you to the moon: But what about the theories and the discoveries which led them there? Engineering didn't make the discoveries, didn't figure out how to take them forward to lead them into an actual innovation.

Science and engineering is a collaborative process, and while Musk's shoutout to engineers and recognizing them is great, it comes at a cost of explaining how 'This ain't it' to science, when they really do deserve the credit they are given.

Musk may have tipped the scales in favor of one, perhaps because of what SpaceX does, primarily engineering.

Musk doesn't have an engineering degree - and kind of has a science degree. Musk then headed for Stanford to start a Ph.D. in applied physics, which he dropped out of. He began the first in physics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, after he moved to Canada from his native South Africa. He completed it at the University of Pennsylvania, where he transferred after two years to earn his second bachelor’s degree, in economics, at the Wharton School. He completed it the following year. 

Tesla is building its first European factory near the German capital in a major attack on the country's auto installation. Musk, who is insisting on getting the project up and running by July, said he would spend the night in a conference room in the unfinished factory.

Musk may have tipped the scales in favour of one, but an all out 'Science vs Engineering' battle seems to have stared on Twitter, simply because of his somewhat misguided, somewhat vague tweets.

Kasturi may have done the scales in favor of one, but the all out 'science vs. engineering' battle starts staring at Twitter, simply because of some of his wrong, some vague tweets.