lec03 - Lecture 3 Historical/Technical Analyses of...

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Lecture 3 Historical/Technical Analyses of Engineering Systems 3 different approaches to thinking about the topics of this course are things you want to ask as you read the assignments: Who’s the author? What’s his primary function? What is he writing against? Vincenti: “Design Knowledge”: what does he mean by this? - In part, he means taking specific scientific knowledge and applying it successfully - Knowledge “that” vs. knowing “how”; understanding the natural science vs. understanding the engineering process that applies the science - Normal vs. radical design Engineering Epistemology: what does this mean? - “epistemology” = theory of knowledge - what counts as knowledge in engineering? It may change at any time. For example: o “CDIO,” course 16’s motto: “conceive, design, implement, operate.” o Creation of ESD at MIT; recognition that systems-level knowledge is important. o Practical experience: in the context of Apollo, there was almost no practical experience – there had been Mercury, but not much else. Whenever we do have prior experience to draw upon, that’s great, but we must make sure not to just draw rote from the handbook; innovative ideas are also important. o
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