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# The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn

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Highly effective thinking is an art that engineers and scientists can be taught to develop. By presenting actual experiences and analyzing them as they are described, the author conveys the developmental thought processes employed and shows a style of thinking that leads to successful results is something that can be learned. Along with spectacular successes, the author al
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Paperback, 376 pages

Published
October 28th 1997
by CRC Press
(first published January 31st 1996)

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...morePrologue. It is evident from the title that this is a philosophical discussion. I shall not apologize for the philosophy, though I am well aware that most scientists, engineers, and mathematicians have little regard for it; instead, I shall give this

Recommend to anyone in the search of the meaning of work, research and generally life.

The book itself is organized into separate chapters, each focusing on a technical area that Hamming was interested in. He gives enough information to understand the topic (assuming y ...more

It soon became evident to me one of the reasons no theorem was false was that Hilbert “knew” the

Euclidean theorems were “correct”, and he had picked his added postulates so this would be true. But then I soon realized Euclid had been in the same position; Euclid knew the “truth” of the Pythagorean theorem, and many other theorems, and had to find a system of postulates which would let him get the results he knew in advance. Euclid did not lay down postulates and make deductions as it is common ...more

What did I expect going in? Some sort of philosophy or method that Hamming synthesized through his own experience - how Hamming thinks about doing meaningful technical work.

What did I get? A sense of the man himself, and how he went about thinking about various fields. I think each set of lectures has an interesting insight. The subject matter, although interes ...more

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Dr. Richard Hamming does an excellent job describing the knowledge he learned over the course of his career in regards to becoming successful and a leader in ones field. The book was written as a text book for his graduate level capstone course at the Naval Postgraduate school. He tries to convey the knowledge that he had to learn the hard way over the course of his long career; he wish he had been taught these facts and he attempts to do just that in this text.

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**Professor Richard Wesley Hamming**, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1942; M.S., University of Nebraska, 1939; B.S., University of Chicago in 1937), was a mathematician whose work had many implications for computer science and telecommunications. His contributions include the Hamming code (which makes use of a Hamming matrix), the Hamming window (described in Section 5.8 of his boo ...more

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“What you learn from others you can use to follow.

What you learn for yourself you can use to lead.”
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What you learn for yourself you can use to lead.”

“Vicarious learning from the experiences of others saves making errors yourself, but I regard the study of successes as being basically more important than the study of failures. There are so many ways of being wrong and so few of being right, studying successes is more efficient.”
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