Discussion of the Method

Discussion of the Method : Conducting the Engineer's Approach to Problem Solving

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This textbook is designed for the standard senior design course offered in all Mechanical Engineering departments. It covers design and problem solving methodology that are essential to engineer. The overall goal of this text is to define compelling universal method one must use to solve problems in design. The author will present practical real world examples which illustrate how utilization of this method will lead to better engineered designs.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 150 x 232 x 16mm | 381.02g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 4 pp colour plates,; numerous halftones & figures
  • 0195155998
  • 9780195155990
  • 1,672,617

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"The best description of engineering that I have ever seen, and one of the most provocative hypotheses about science and nature that I have ever seen!" --Dr. William A. Wulf, President, National Academy of Engineering"Koen has both mastered and melded a number of seemingly imiscable disciplines - philosophy, linguistics, theology - with his own professional field of engineering. It is reminiscent of the way that Thomas Aquinas reconciled Christianity with Philosophy." --Michael Murphy, Toronto, Canada"Professor Koen's book suggests a startling, explicit statement of a new way to think about engineering and life.If we, as educators, wish to prepare our students for engineering practice, the techniques indicated in this book provide a philosophical underpinning for dealing with risks associated with engineering actions and designs, when there is insufficient applicable science."-Dendy Sloan, Chemical Engineering Education, Volume 38, Numer 3, Summer 2004 "Koen illuminates a path to greater understanding. His prose is very engaging and the book is well suited for general audiences. It is one of those book that begs to be read and re-read." --Michael Murphy, Toronto, Canada"The book touches on so many topics that it is hard to imagine philosophers, mathematicians, linguists, physicists, and scientists of all stripes not having an opinion about it." --Julio M. Otto, Nature"I found the book to be incredible. I am amazed I didn't even know what engineering is until now." --Howard Duhon, P.E., Chief Process Engineer and Decision Analyst, Gibson Applied Technology and Engineering, LLC"A profound agglomeration of philosophy, mathematics, eastern mysticism, and very practical engineering." --H. Felix Kloman, GARPshow more

About Billy Vaughn Koen

Billy V. Koen is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and a fellow of both the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). He has received fifteen awards for teaching excellence, including the W. Leighton Collins Award, (the ASEE's highest honor for pedagogy), and the ASEE Centennial Medallion for his lasting impact on the field of engineering education. He is a pioneer in the application of artificial intelligence to nuclear reactor reliability and the introduction of self-paced teaching strategies in engineering education. He has written more than 125 technical publications and has contributed to numerous textbooks and engineering journals. Included in his body of work is the classic treatise, "Definition of the Engineering Method," published by the ASEE in 1985.show more

Table of contents

1. Some thoughts on engineering ; 2. Theprincipal rule of the engineering method ; 3. Some heuristics used by the engineering method ; 4. The universale organum ; 5. Summary of the method ; 6. Application of the methodshow more

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