Invention And Evolution: Design in Nature and Engineering by Michael FrenchInvention And Evolution: Design in Nature and Engineering by Michael French

Invention And Evolution: Design in Nature and Engineering

byMichael French

Paperback | October 28, 1994

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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.
Title:Invention And Evolution: Design in Nature and EngineeringFormat:PaperbackDimensions:388 pages, 9.72 × 6.85 × 0.79 inPublished:October 28, 1994Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521469112

ISBN - 13:9780521469111


Table of Contents

'Preface to the second edition; Preface to the first edition; Acknowledgements; 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; Questions; Answers; Suggestions for further reading; Index.

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