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Flying Buttresses, Entropy, and O-Rings

The World of an Engineer

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$32.50 • £26.95 • €29.50

ISBN 9780674306899

Publication Date: 04/01/1993

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272 pages

29 halftones; 31 line illustrations; 11 tables

World

  • 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

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