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Ways of Thinking, Ways of Seeing

Mathematical and other Modelling in Engineering and Technology

Editors: Bissell, Chris, Dillon, Chris (Eds.)

  • Fascinating book examining the characteristics of technological/engineering models
  • Shows the role of mathematics and modelling as a bridging tool between disciplines
  • Written by leading experts in the field
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This fascinating book examines some of the characteristics of technological/engineering models that are likely to be unfamiliar to those who are interested primarily in the history and philosophy of science and mathematics, and which differentiate technological models from scientific and mathematical ones. Themes that are highlighted include:

• the role of language: the models developed for engineering design have resulted in new ways of talking about technological systems
• communities of practice: related to the previous point, particular engineering communities have particular ways of sharing and developing knowledge
• graphical (re)presentation: engineers have developed many ways of reducing quite complex mathematical models to more simple representations
• reification: highly abstract mathematical models are turned into ‘objects’ that can be manipulated almost like components of a physical system
• machines: not only the currently ubiquitous digital computer, but also older analogue devices – slide rules, physical models, wind tunnels and other small-scale simulators, as well as mechanical, electrical and electronic analogue computers
• mathematics and modelling as a bridging tool between disciplines

This book studies primarily modelling in technological practice. It is worth noting that models of the type considered in the book are not always highly valued in formal engineering education at university level, which often takes an “applied science” approach close to that of the natural sciences (something that can result in disaffection on the part of students). Yet in an informal context, such as laboratories, industrial placements, and so on, a very different situation obtains. A number of chapters considers such epistemological aspects, as well as the status of different types of models within the engineering education community.

The book will be of interest to practising engineers and technologists; sociologists of science and technology; and historians and philosophers of science and mathematics. It will also be written in a way that will be accessible to non-specialists.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Creating Reality

    Monk, John

    Pages 1-28

  • Dimensional Analysis and Dimensional Reasoning

    Bissell, John

    Pages 29-45

  • Models: What Do Engineers See in Them?

    Dillon, Chris

    Pages 47-69

  • Metatools for Information Engineering Design

    Bissell, Chris

    Pages 71-94

  • Early Computational Modelling: Physical Models, Electrical Analogies and Analogue Computers

    Care, Charles

    Pages 95-119

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eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-642-25209-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-25208-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-43042-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ways of Thinking, Ways of Seeing
Book Subtitle
Mathematical and other Modelling in Engineering and Technology
Editors
  • Chris Bissell
  • Chris Dillon
Series Title
Automation, Collaboration, & E-Services
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-25209-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-25209-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-25208-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43042-8
Series ISSN
2193-472X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 234
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