Applied Minds: How Engineers Think

Applied Minds: How Engineers Think

by Guru Madhavan


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“Engineers are titans of real-world problem-solving. . . . In this riveting study of how they think, [Guru Madhavan] puts behind-the-scenes geniuses . . . center stage.”—Nature

In this engaging account of innovative triumphs, Guru Madhavan examines the ways in which engineers throughout history created world-changing tools, from ATMs and ZIP codes to the digital camera and the disposable diaper. Equal parts personal, practical, and profound, Applied Minds charts a path to a future where we borrow strategies from engineering to find inspired solutions to our most pressing challenges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393353013
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 306,092
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Guru Madhavan is a biomedical engineer and senior policy adviser. He conducts research at the National Academy of Sciences and has been named a distinguished young scientist by the World Economic Forum. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Invisible Bridges 1

1 Mixing and Matching 15

2 Optimizing 36

3 Enhancing Efficiency and Reliability 59

4 Standardizing with Flexibility 78

5 Solutions Under Constraints 94

6 Crossing Over and Adapting 118

7 Prototyping 137

8 Learning From Others 158

Fade-Out: A Mind-Set for the Multitudes 181

Sources and Resources 191

Acknowledgments 231

Index 237

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