Flying Buttresses, Entropy, and O-Rings The World of an Engineer

ISBN-10: 0674306899
ISBN-13: 9780674306899
Edition: 1991
Authors: James L. Adams
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Book details

List price: $28.50
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 4/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

From Teflon to Velcro, from bandwidths to base pairs, the artifacts of engineering and technology reflect the broad scope--and frustrating limitations--of our imagination. Best-selling author James Adams takes readers on an enlightening tour of this exciting world, demystifying such endeavors as design, research, and manufacturing.

James L. Adams is a Professor in the Department of Values, Technology, Science and Society, Stanford University.

Introduction
A Brief History of Technology The Underpinnings
Beyond the Calculator The Complexity of Engineering
The Origin of Problems The Pushes and Pulls
Design and Invention The Concept
Mathematics The Numerical Mystique
Science and Research The Basics
Development, Test, and Failure The Proof of the Pudding
Manufacturing and Assembly The Critical Art
Money and Business The Grease
Regulation The Painful Inevitability
Thinking Technology The Challenge for the Future Sources and Suggested Readings
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Index

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