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Invention and Evolution

Invention and Evolution
Design in Nature and Engineering

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: October 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521469111

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  • This textbook provides an introduction to design for function, using many examples of manufactured artifacts and living organisms to demonstrate common themes and fundamental principles. Examples forcefully illustrate the importance of the basic design principles related to material properties, physical principles, and energy expenditure. The author also discusses the relation of aesthetic and functional design, the crucial connection of design to production in artifacts, and reproduction in organisms. The author has thoroughly updated this second edition with more examples and a new chapter with actual design case studies to illustrate key ideas. In addition, the text contains many new exercises that reinforce important points in the text.

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...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

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: October 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521469111
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    'Preface to the second edition
    Preface to the first edition
    1. The designed world
    2. Energy
    3. Materials
    4. Mechanism
    5. Structures
    6. Systems
    7. The practice, principles and philosophy of design
    8. Economy, form and beauty
    9. Production, reproduction, evolution and design
    10. Designing and inventing
    11. Some case studies
    Suggestions for further reading

  • Author

    Michael French, Lancaster University

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