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Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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

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
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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674306899
Author:
Adams, James L.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Adams, James
Author:
Adams, James L.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Engineering - General
Subject:
Engineering
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
Engineers
Subject:
Engineering-General Engineering
Subject:
Science -- History.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 1993
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
29 halftones; 31 line illustrations; 11
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in 18 oz

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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