The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering: Mastering Complexity

The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering: Mastering Complexity

To master complexity, we can organize it or discard it. This book first teaches the tools for organizing complexity, then distinguishes the two paths for discarding complexity: with and without loss of information.

Publication date: 07 Nov 2014

ISBN-10: 0262526549

ISBN-13: 9780262526548

Paperback: 410 pages

Views: 2,106

Type: Book

Publisher: The MIT Press

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Post time: 29 Oct 2016 12:00:00

The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering: Mastering Complexity

The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering: Mastering Complexity To master complexity, we can organize it or discard it. This book first teaches the tools for organizing complexity, then distinguishes the two paths for discarding complexity: with and without loss of information.
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Publication date: 07 Nov 2014
ISBN-10: 0262526549
ISBN-13: 9780262526548
Paperback: 410 pages
Views: 2,106
Document Type: Book
Publisher: The MIT Press
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Post time: 29 Oct 2016 12:00:00
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In this book, Sanjoy Mahajan shows us that the way to master complexity is through insight rather than precision. Precision can overwhelm us with information, whereas insight connects seemingly disparate pieces of information into a simple picture. Unlike computers, humans depend on insight. Based on the author’s fifteen years of teaching at MIT, Cambridge University, and Olin College, The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering shows us how to build insight and find understanding, giving readers tools to help them solve any problem in science and engineering.

To master complexity, we can organize it or discard it. The Art of Insight in Science and Engineeringfirst teaches the tools for organizing complexity, then distinguishes the two paths for discarding complexity: with and without loss of information. Questions and problems throughout the text help readers master and apply these groups of tools. Armed with this three-part toolchest, and without complicated mathematics, readers can estimate the flight range of birds and planes and the strength of chemical bonds, understand the physics of pianos and xylophones, and explain why skies are blue and sunsets are red.

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Sanjoy Mahajan is Associate Professor of Applied Science and Engineering at Olin College of Engineering and Visiting Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.

Sanjoy Mahajan

Sanjoy Mahajan is Associate Professor of Applied Science and Engineering at Olin College of Engineering and Visiting Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.


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