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Invention and Evolution : Design in Nature and Engineering - Michael French

Invention and Evolution

Design in Nature and Engineering

Paperback Published: 14th November 1994
ISBN: 9780521469111
Number Of Pages: 388

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This textbook for engineering students provides an introduction to design for function, using many examples of manufactured artefacts and living organisms to demonstrate common themes and fundamental principles. Examples forcefully illustrate the importance of the basic design principles related to materials, energy and information. The author also discusses the relation of aesthetic and functional design, the crucial relation of design to production in artefacts, and reproduction in organisms. The book concludes with a brief summary of the role and requirements of designers and inventors. This second edition has been brought right up to date, with more examples and a new chapter with actual design case studies to illustrate key ideas. In addition, many exercises have been added to help reinforce important points in the text.

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Review of the first edition: 'This book is strongly recommended for students and practitioner alike. It is studded with gems of information and fascinating comparisons well illustrated both in the diagrams and the text.' Engineering Design Education and Training Review of the first edition: 'Indeed it deserves the same wide audience as J. E. Gordon's brilliant popular classic: The Science of Strong Materials and Structures. It deals largely with different aspects of design but it resembles them in its clarity, wisdom, humour, and in its astonishing range of examples.' Times Higher Education Supplement

'Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
The designed world
The practice, principles and philosophy of design
Economy, form and beauty
Production, reproduction, evolution and design
Designing and inventing
Some case studies
Suggestions for further reading
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ISBN: 9780521469111
ISBN-10: 0521469112
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 14th November 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.41 x 17.02  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised