Applied Minds

Applied Minds

How Engineers Think

Book - 2015
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Explores the unique visions and mental tools of engineers, revealing the influence they wield in transforming problems into opportunities and how the concepts of prototyping, reliability, standards, optimization, and feedback are put to use in diverse fields
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393353013
Characteristics: xii, 253 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 06, 2017

A rather short book, but very well organized: each chapter has its focus (e.g., optimization) and historical examples from various engineering fields are in parts, with the abstract concepts (e.g., emergence; implicit and explicit models) introduced in commenting upon them. There is a lengthy bibliographic essay at the end, but many items would only be found in a university library with an engineering department.

Nov 07, 2015

The author tries hard to make it interesting with lots of examples of how and why engineers invented important things - some that changed the world. Digital camera, GPS, cellphone, mass production of penicillin..... A pretty good story teller. I still found it a slow read. I guess once these things are invented and become commonplace, we all just think oh well isn't that nice. Not exciting like the theory of relativity and what it "might" all lead to someday. The author even lamented that the Nobel's go mostly to the scientists or doctors who discover the idea but rarely to the engineer who makes it work for everyone.


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