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The Resource Up the infinite corridor : MIT and the technical imagination, Fred Hapgood

Up the infinite corridor : MIT and the technical imagination, Fred Hapgood

Label
Up the infinite corridor : MIT and the technical imagination
Title
Up the infinite corridor
Title remainder
MIT and the technical imagination
Statement of responsibility
Fred Hapgood
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In Up the Infinite Corridor, Fred Hapgood explores the mental landscape of engineering a style of thought, a mode of operation, a particular form of creativity that increasingly defines the trajectory of modern life." "With the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as his point of reference, Hapgood traces the emergence of the profession from its mud-on-the-boots days preoccupied with canals and roads to its present absorption with cyber-space and micromachines. He also shows the evolution in how engineers are trained, from the apprentice working alongside the older man, to "build and test," to the postwar emergence of engineering science and its focus on developing general principles about the natural behavior of artifacts." "But it is when Hapgood explores a selection of research projects currently going on at the Institute that he actually takes us inside the process, bringing to life the struggle to design an artificial human knee that in every way mimics nature, the creation of all automated navigational system for cars, the attempt to infuse a piece of silicon with the capacity for vision, the construction of a human-powered airplane, and the development of robot mice for maze racing in international competition. In so doing, Hapgood gives us a glimpse into an alternate universe he calls "solution space," the black box of possibilities which the engineer moves inside, searching along its various pathways, confronting key to true innovation."
  • "MIT is a rich culture that has always had its bizarre projects and its even more bizarre personalities, and Hapgood guides us through its history, the folkways and legends of undergraduate life, the twisted sense of humor emerging from the pressures and insecurities of a place in which everyone has the intellectual accelerator wired to the floor. The engineering sensibility that emerges is nothing like the dry "nuts and bolts" cliche. Rather it is an ethos based on reverence for "the fitness of things," the existential pleasure of connecting with the properties of nature. For as Hapgood points out, if scientists carry on a romance, engineers form a marriage and have progeny with nature, working within its confines day in and day out. The value system implied is one that sees our universe composed of elements whose behaviors matter to us intimately." "Hapgood's rich and insightful treatment shows engineering to be an enterprise surprisingly humane, even lyrical."--Jacket
Additional physical form
Also issued online.
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hapgood, Fred
Dewey number
620/.007207446
Index
index present
LC call number
T171.M49
LC item number
H37 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
  • Engineering
  • Engineering
  • United States
  • Ingeniería
Label
Up the infinite corridor : MIT and the technical imagination, Fred Hapgood
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A William Patrick book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-195) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Solution Space -- 2. The Infinite Corridor -- 3. A Different Variety of Mind -- 4. The Architecture of Solution Space -- 5. Engineering Science -- 6. The Tech Model Railroad Club -- 7. The MIT Knee -- 8. The Media Lab -- 9. Nanotechnology -- 10. Technical Sports -- 11. The Vision Chip
Control code
ocm26504265
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 203 pages
Isbn
9780201082937
Lccn
92031683
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o26504265
  • (OCoLC)26504265
Label
Up the infinite corridor : MIT and the technical imagination, Fred Hapgood
Publication
Note
"A William Patrick book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-195) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Solution Space -- 2. The Infinite Corridor -- 3. A Different Variety of Mind -- 4. The Architecture of Solution Space -- 5. Engineering Science -- 6. The Tech Model Railroad Club -- 7. The MIT Knee -- 8. The Media Lab -- 9. Nanotechnology -- 10. Technical Sports -- 11. The Vision Chip
Control code
ocm26504265
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 203 pages
Isbn
9780201082937
Lccn
92031683
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o26504265
  • (OCoLC)26504265

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