Flying Buttresses, Entropy, and O-Rings: The World of an Engineer

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9780674306899: Flying Buttresses, Entropy, and O-Rings: The World of an Engineer

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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This is a book about engineering. It examines engineering in a broad context, it is to some extent also a book about technology. The activities included are complex and varied, involving mathematics, physical sciences, and other areas of expertise that have evolved their own specialized languages and do not always communicate well, even with one another.

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

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Descrizione libro Harvard University Press. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Paperback. 272 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 7.3in. x 0.8in.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. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Codice libro della libreria 9780674306899

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