Applied Minds: How Engineers Think

Applied Minds How Engineers Think NA

  • Title: Applied Minds: How Engineers Think
  • Author: Guru Madhavan
  • ISBN: 9780393353013
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Applied Minds: How Engineers Think”

    1. Meh! It probably deserves 2.5 stars, but the whole affair just felt kind of wishy-washy— a mix of introducing lay-engineering terminology, and anecdotal narratives. I'd give it a 3-star rating, were it not for the fact that the author commits what, in my mind, is a cardinal sin. It's not PIN number! The acronym P-I-N stands for “personal identification number” (which is even mentioned in the book), so PIN number is ‘personal identification number number’. This is somewhat forgivable wi [...]

    2. This is a gem.Madhavan shares the essence of an engineer's approach and predisposition to creating solutions, but what makes this even more worthwhile is he points out examples of how those abilities can be adopted and applied in many disciplines. As a software engineer, I thought it was well balanced because he also illustrates, with excellent examples, the short comings of being too engineerish in one's thinking and the value of an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. It's not a tech [...]

    3. Guru Madhavan is the sort of writer that promises much and delivers on little. Although the examples themselves may be interesting, he goes into so little detail on how the engineering mindset was used in each one that there is almost no point in talking about the example at all. This book is little more than a collection of interesting anecdotes, with little analysis involved. What one sees with each example is a brief introduction of some aspect of strategic engineering thinking, an introducti [...]

    4. My reason for reading this book was because it was recommended to me by ASCE's "Civil Engineering" magazine. In this book, the Madhaven explains how the engineering mindset works by using a concept that he calls "modular systems thinking". It is understanding the relationships between parts and how the parts form a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. In addition, he specifies three key components of the engineering mind: seeing structure where there is none, designing under constrai [...]

    5. I stopped reading this book halfway through, so admittedly it may have a stellar second half that I missed. This book provides little to no insight into how engineers think but is instead a collection of short anecdotes that lack any connecting theme. When discussing problems engineers have faced, the author would go into no detail about how the engineers reached their conclusions but would simply state what those conclusions were and then discuss a list of "engineering terms" vaguely related to [...]

    6. Short and to the point: Madhavan discusses broad issues in engineering--for example, the use of prototyping--with short anecdotes about the development of certain products or systems--the cellphone, mass-produced penicillin, French artillery. Or at least that's what he tries to do and doesn't quite succeed: the broad issues never really get clarified, the anecdotes never really connect with or illustrate the issues.It reads, in a way, like a coffeebook, full of interesting cocktail chatter about [...]

    7. Interesting stories, examples, trade offs, and the important roles anthropologists play in the engineering field. Everyone is an engineer at some point in the way we design our destinies.

    8. Applied Minds was an interesting insight on the mind of an engineer. Madhavan goes into detail on the various principles that engineers consider when working on projects. He also gives interesting examples of engineering principles in real world examples, which are the best part of the book. He masterfully embeds these examples in the book between definitions of principles. At certain points, his writing was slightly redundant and boring, especially in the eyes of a teenager. I think that the ta [...]

    9. Good Book for BeginnersAs someone who’s just starting to think about pursuing engineering as a major, it was great to learn more about the history and industriousness of great and important, and often overlooked, achievements in engineering. Not a very technical book at all, straight up just stories that connect with each other in the chapters. Sometimes the problems are different with common solutions, and sometimes they’re two completely disparate events that converge in the future to solv [...]

    10. The book does a decent job of boiling down the engineering process. into parts and then using historical figures to represent each point. however, I felt the book to be lacking in content.Regardless, here is the engineering mindset:1. mixing and matching.2. optimizing3. enhancing efficiency and reliability4. standardizing with flexibility5. solutions under constraints6. crossing over and adapting7. prototyping8. learning from othersThe core elements - structure, constraints, trade-offs and it's [...]

    11. Признаться практической ценности я не получила. Была пара мыслей про структуру, эксперименты и ограничения. На этом все. Но почитать примеры, когда в самых неожиданных местах срабатывала инженерная мысль, было интересно. Например, про надувные трубы на лондонской олимпиад [...]

    12. It has interesting case studies like the development of google maps, burj khalifa, cleaning of Ganga river etc. It does have good suggestions for engineers, e.g. engineers naturally tend to focus first on the product and then on its users. For an anthropologist, it’s the exact reverse: people come first, then the product.

    13. Applied Minds is a wonderful book for those looking to learn the general mindset of an engineer as well as the ways in which engineers affect our world. Guru simplifies the thinking process into a few basic ideas that can be applied to the routine of the everyday person. He uses multiple examples in his explanations, and these may be potentially interesting to those curious about the technology of today.In addition, I personally took a liking to Madhavan’s ability to take multiple scenarios an [...]

    14. You won't really learn how engineers think. Why? This book is a bunch of anecdotes that reads like a collection of summaries. I wasn't really expecting to learn how to think like an engineer in less than 300 pages, but I also didn't think it would be this bad. The title is the literary equivalent to clickbait. The book attempts to elucidate basic engineering concepts such as optimization, efficiency, prototyping, etc, by briefly explaining a concept and giving examples of its practical applicat [...]

    15. I came into this book expecting it to be something like "how to think like an engineer". That's not quite what this book is, though. Although the book does mention a few things that you could use to apply engineer-like thought to your every day life, it's really more of a series of anecdotes about other engineers and how they approached a problem or a situation. Overall, the book was okay. If nothing else, the anecdotes are pretty interesting and I learned a lot of really neat, miscellaneous fac [...]

    16. I went into this book without knowing what to expect. It was a pleasant read. It presents engineering as mindset rather than just a profession. It is a very short read that feels a bit more as an introduction to broad concepts of the field such as the types of problems, namely how they are categorized and the methods of such. The book has a rather interesting part where a former engineer took on politics, two mindsets that are diametrically opposed for the most part, and approached many of the p [...]

    17. Virtually unreadable and, although I almost never do this, I stopped reading half way through. A series of half baked anecdotes with no thread and written without any sense of drama or purpose. I would say that it's almost clear from page 1 this book has been written by an engineer, but I am sure there are engineers out there who have a much better sense of storytelling than this author. This was an impulse pick up from a bookstore without having heard anything about it, I have learned my lesson [...]

    18. When the author started bragging in chapter 3 about how he saved the US economy in 2009 (as part of the White House's dream team) while having absolutely no experience outside of academia in his chosen field of study (engineering) and absolutely 0 hours of schooling in economics (which some spend lifetimes studying), I put it down. Better to use my time listening to something of value from someone who might know of what he speaks.

    19. Good book that uses multiple examples of great engineering to demonstrate key value and idea regarding engineers. From designing the barcode to Alfred Hitchcock the book has great variation and shows how engineering can be applied in many different ways. My only wish was that each section was a little longer but other than that it was a great read.

    20. I was disappointed by this - basic premise was that engineers' mindsets are a product of systems, constraints, and trade-offs; and that they apply recombination, optimization, efficiency, and prototyping. To that unsurprising framework, the author cites interesting and well-written case studies.

    21. What could've been a great book, as suggested by the title, turned out to be dud with dotted with anecdotes that were either too short, bordering irrelevant or too long to keep the interest if a reader

    22. A fun book to read with numerous engineering anecdotes, engineering philosophy and mindset. The author has done a wonderful job of forming some structure on how engineers think. An effective use of engineering history to display the engineering approach and how it differs from scientific mindset.

    23. tried to read it in different ways but had to give up as very unsatisfactory presentation of a fantastic concept will look at it again next year maybe am missing something

    24. An entertaining and fast paced exploration of the how engineers think and how to apply that problem solving style to more than just engineering.

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