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An Inventor in the Garden of Eden - Eric Laithwaite

An Inventor in the Garden of Eden

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Published: 30th September 1994
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We oftentimes think that human inventions are an improvement on nature. In fact, many of humankind's most clever inventions have been anticipated by nature. In this book, Professor Laithwaite takes a new look at the natural world from an engineer's point of view. He questions conventional science in such fundamental topics as logic, habit, memory, simplicity, experience, absolute size, wisdom, and civilization. On the way to arriving at his conclusions, Dr. Laithwaite crosses the boundaries of engineering, biology, religion, economics, and cosmology. Filled with truly fascinating anecdotes and examples, this thought-provoking book will have special appeal to the general reader with an inquiring mind.

' ... a very personal book, unclassifiable, unscholarly, but unfailingly interesting.' Times Higher Education Supplement

Gardens of Eden
The human thinker
Human laws and the rules of God
Size is everything
Our assessment of ourselves
Topology - the master discipline
Growth and decay
Nature - master technologist
Into the complex
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ISBN: 9780521441063
ISBN-10: 0521441064
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 30th September 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.62