The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering: Mastering Complexity (Sanjoy Mahajan)

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The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering: Mastering Complexity (Sanjoy Mahajan)

Sanjoy Mahajan demonstrates in this book that intuition, not precision, is the key to mastering complexity. While insight integrates seemingly unrelated bits of information to produce a clear picture, precision can oversaturate us with data.

Humans, as opposed to machines, rely on intuition. The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering, based on the author's fifteen years of experience instructing at MIT, Cambridge University, and Olin College, demonstrates how to develop insight and discover understanding, providing readers with tools to assist them in solving any problem in science and engineering.

We can arrange complexity or ignore it in order to master it. In order to organize complexity, The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering first offers the necessary tools. The book then discusses the two ways to eliminate complexity: with and without information loss. Readers learn how to master and use these categories of tools thanks to the text's numerous exercises and difficulties. With this three-part toolkit at their disposal, readers can calculate the flight range of birds and planes, and the strength of chemical bonds, comprehend the mechanics of pianos and xylophones and explain why the sky is blue and sunsets are crimson without resorting to complex mathematics.

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About the Authors
Sanjoy Mahajan earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology after studying mathematics at the University of Oxford. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT as well as the Associate Director of the Teaching and Learning Laboratory. 
Published Date / Year
(November 7, 2014); eBook (Creative Commons Licensed)
408 pages
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