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Invention and Evolution: Design in Nature and Engineering (Paperback)
  • Invention and Evolution: Design in Nature and Engineering (Paperback)

Invention and Evolution: Design in Nature and Engineering (Paperback)

Paperback 388 Pages / Published: 15/09/1994
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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 extensively revised, 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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521469111
Number of pages: 388
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 20 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition

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.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
"...the book succeeds a sufficiently broad treatment of design principles to be recommended for use far beyond the shores of Great Britain. Coverage is both fresh and nontrivial." R. J. Foster, Applied Mechanics Review
"A successful effort, it is recommended for collections serving undergraduates in engineering or science." G. E. Johnson, Choice
"...the book is really fun to read if you have enough background...Professor French is sharing the wisdom accumulated during a long and productive professional life, and doing this in an interestinf and provocative manner." Appllied Mechanics Review
From reviews of the First Edition...

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