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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 takesreaders on an enlightening tour of this exciting world, demystifying such endeavors as design, research, and manufacturing.

Book News Annotation:

Adams (Stanford U.), author of Conceptual blockbusting, offers a fascinating guided tour of the engineer's world for people who are not engineers--for general readers; for people managing, working for, or living with engineers; and for students either seeking a liberal education or considering engineering as a field. Those in the profession will also find it of value.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-256 and index.

About the Author

James L. Adamsis a Professor in the Department of Values, Technology, Science and Society, <>StanfordUniversity.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. A Brief History of Technology
The Underpinnings

2. Beyond the Calculator
The Complexity of Engineering

3. The Origin of Problems
ThePushes 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 andAssembly
The Critical Art

9. Money and Business
The Grease

10. Regulation
The Painful Inevitability

11. Thinking Technology
The Challenge for theFuture

Sources and Suggested Readings

Acknowledgments

Illustration Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674306882
Subtitle:
The World of an Engineer
Author:
Adams, James L
Author:
Adams, James
Author:
Adams, James L.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Engineering
Subject:
Engineering -- Popular works.
Copyright:
Series Volume:
SP-17A(90
Publication Date:
19920101
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Illustrations:
29 halftones; 31 line illustrations; 11
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7.5 in 1.7 lb

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