"While the study of the engineering method is important to create the world we would have, its study is equally important to understand the world we do have." --Billy V. Koen, Introduction, Discussion of the Method Discussion of the Method outlines the heuristic-based reasoning used by engineers and generalizes it to a universal method for problem-solving. Delving into the connection between engineering and philosophy, this ground-breaking text illustrates how the theoretical and the practical can merge toform real-world solutions. Furthermore, the methodology covered in this innovative book is extremely user-friendly, and easily synthesized with individual approaches to problem-solving. Discussion of the Method is an ideal supplement for introductory and advanced courses in engineering, philosophy,and other disciplines, as well as a compelling read for general audiences. THE METHOD: AN OVERVIEW* Part I describes the problem situation that calls for the talents of the engineer and emphasizes how frequently this situation is encountered. * Part II defines the heuristic and the engineering method. * Part III lists examples of heuristics and techniques used to implement the engineering method, describes several alternative definitions of the engineering method, and renders the method in its final form. * Part IV generalizes the engineering method to a universal method. * Part V gives a concise, justifiable statement of universal method. * Part VI delivers a specific example of the universal method in use.