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The World of an Engineer. 29 halftones; 31 line illustrations; 11 tables. Sprache: Englisch.
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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 … weiterlesen
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Titel: Flying Buttresses, Entropy, and O-Rings
Autor/en: James L. Adams

ISBN: 0674306899
EAN: 9780674306899
The World of an Engineer.
29 halftones; 31 line illustrations; 11 tables.
Sprache: Englisch.
Harvard University Press

12. Februar 1992 - kartoniert - 272 Seiten

Beschreibung

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.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

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

Portrait

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

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In these witty and engrossing pages, Adams demonstrates that engineering actually can be as divine an occupation as the clergy and as soulful as an aria...Adams' literary tour is the next best thing to visiting a hands-on engineering exhibit. -- Alex Raksin Los Angeles Times Book Review Adams has covered his subject well, and his book would make excellent reading for young people contemplating a career in engineering...[It is] well organized, well written and often amusing, with some very shrewd observations...[The author] deserves our thanks for an interesting and valuable book. -- Michael French Times Higher Education Supplement This text was written to provide a general audience with access to the subjects of engineering and technology. It is a superb book...Discussions of the Challenger tragedy, the balcony collapse at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, a DC-10 crash...and other technical topics make the book readable, convincing, and enjoyable. Science Books and Films In this engaging book, the author of Conceptual Blockbusting introduces the world of engineering, from the origins of problems to design and invention; mathematics; science and research; development, testing and failure; manufacturing; money and business; and regulation. Science News
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