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"The simulations on this site are meant to give students the ability to experiment on traditionally static textbook problems and examples. We believe experimenting with a flexible, dynamic system can give students deeper insights into core engineering concepts than that gained from solving for single snapshots of a system. Tweak variables; solve for unknowns; experiment; see what happens and figure out why. This site is also used to augment hands-on experiments, by tracking student training on lab equipment and comparing lab with simulated data. "
engineering  education  technology  simulation  pedagogy  digital-pedagogy 
july 2017 by tsuomela
The Architecture of Error | The MIT Press
"When architects draw even brick walls to six decimal places with software designed to cut lenses, it is clear that the logic that once organized relations between precision and material error in construction has unraveled. Precision, already a promiscuous term, seems now to have been uncoupled from its contract with truthfulness. Meanwhile error, and the always-political space of its dissent, has reconfigured itself. In The Architecture of Error Francesca Hughes argues that behind the architect’s acute fetishization of redundant precision lies a special fear of physical error. What if we were to consider the pivotal cultural and technological transformations of modernism to have been driven not so much by the causes its narratives declare, she asks, as by an unspoken horror of loss of control over error, material life, and everything that matter stands for? Hughes traces the rising intolerance of material vagaries—from the removal of ornament to digitalized fabrication—that produced the blind rejection of organic materials, the proliferation of material testing, and the rhetorical obstacles that blighted cybernetics. Why is it, she asks, that the more we cornered physical error, the more we feared it? Hughes’s analysis of redundant precision exposes an architecture of fear whose politics must be called into question. Proposing error as a new category for architectural thought, Hughes draws on other disciplines and practices that have interrogated precision and failure, citing the work of scientists Nancy Cartwright and Evelyn Fox Keller and visual artists Gordon Matta-Clark, Barbara Hepworth, Rachel Whiteread, and others. These non-architect practitioners, she argues, show that error need not be excluded and precision can be made accountable."
book  publisher  architecture  materiality  risk  error  measurement  engineering 
march 2015 by tsuomela
Artisan/Practitioners and the Rise of the New Sciences, 1400-1600 | OSU Press
"This book provides the historical background for a central issue in the history of science: the influence of artisans, craftsmen, and other practitioners on the emergent empirical methodologies that characterized the “new sciences” of the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Pamela Long offers a coherent account and critical revision of the “Zilsel thesis,” an influential etiological narrative that claims these craftsmen were instrumental in bringing about the “Scientific Revolution.” Artisan/Practitioners reassesses the issue of artisanal influence from three different perspectives: the perceived relationships between art and nature; the Vitruvian architectural tradition with its appreciation of both theory and practice; and the development of “trading zones”—arenas in which artisans and learned men communicated in substantive ways. These complex social and intellectual developments, the book argues, underlay the development of the empirical sciences. This volume provides new discussion and synthesis of a theory that encompasses broad developments in European history and study of the natural world. It will be a valuable resource for college-level teaching, and for scholars and others interested in the history of science, late medieval and early modern European history, and the Scientific Revolution"
history  science  revolution  scientific-method  engineering  technology  book  publisher 
september 2014 by tsuomela
Openness, Secrecy, Authorship
"In today's world of intellectual property disputes, industrial espionage, and book signings by famous authors, one easily loses sight of the historical nature of the attribution and ownership of texts. In Openness, Secrecy, Authorship: Technical Arts and the Culture of Knowledge from Antiquity to the Renaissance, Pamela Long combines intellectual history with the history of science and technology to explore the culture of authorship. Using classical Greek as well as medieval and Renaissance European examples, Long traces the definitions, limitations, and traditions of intellectual and scientific creation and attribution. She examines these attitudes as they pertain to the technical and the practical. Although Long's study follows a chronological development, this is not merely a general work. Long is able to examine events and sources within their historical context and locale. By looking at Aristotelian ideas of Praxis, Techne, and Episteme. She explains the tension between craft and ideas, authors and producers. She discusses, with solid research and clear prose, the rise, wane, and resurgence of priority in the crediting and lionizing of authors. Long illuminates the creation and re-creation of ideas like "trade secrets," "plagiarism," "mechanical arts," and "scribal culture." Her historical study complicates prevailing assumptions while inviting a closer look at issues that define so much of our society and thought to this day. She argues that "a useful working definition of authorship permits a gradation of meaning between the poles of authority and originality," and guides us through the term's nuances with clarity rarely matched in a historical study."
history  science  revolution  scientific-method  engineering  technology  book  publisher 
september 2014 by tsuomela
Building A Global Health Sensing Network From Star Trek-Inspired Devices | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
"The $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is an effort to make science fiction a reality. It takes the imaginary concept of the medical tricorder--the futuristic diagnostic device used on Star Trek--and aims to get it into the field, where it can conduct diagnostic tests for a minimum of 15 real-life conditions. It's a case of life imitating art."
contest  engineering  monitor  environment  crowdsourcing  health  sensors 
january 2014 by tsuomela
Schooling Rebooted : Education Next
"Today’s education technology holds immense promise, but what matters more than the tools themselves are how they are used in schools and in classrooms. In Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age, Frederick M. Hess and Bror Saxberg argue that educators have tended to think of adopting technology as a way to “reform” or “fix” schools. The would-be reformers have poured tablets and online learning software into classrooms, presuming that magic would eventually happen. But schools are complex and hard to move, while these efforts have been correspondingly unfocused. The more promising way forward involves tapping learning science to determine where the familiar schoolhouse falls short on providing deliberate practice, timely and copious feedback, and extensive opportunities to build mastery—and how new tools can help us do better. Following are three excerpts from the book that convey the core of their argument."
education  future  reform  engineering  learning 
january 2014 by tsuomela
Entrepreneur of 2012: Limor Fried |
"Recognizable by her signature vivid-pink locks, Fried (or Ladyada, as she is known on the internet) is one of the dominant forces behind the maker movement--a legion of do-it-yourself-minded folks who create cool things by tweaking everyday technology."
entrepreneur  2012  award  makers  online  electronics  engineering  amateur 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Does Google Have Any Social Skills at All?
"The keynote sounded one futuristic clarion call after another: Glass, the wearable computer
google  technology  social  attitude  audience  engineering 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Some Perspective On The Japan Earthquake: MicroISV on a Shoestring
"The overwhelming response of Japanese engineering to the challenge posed by an earthquake larger than any in the last century was to function exactly as designed. Millions of people are alive right now because the system worked and the system worked and the system worked."
country(Japan)  disaster  preparation  crisis  earthquake  nuclear  engineering 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Yavin IV: Exploring space on the cheap with an iPhone, Droid, and Flip
Many a nerd has dreamed of exploring space—the final frontier—as a child. Despite visions in books, comics, TV, and film of a future where space travel is commonplace, that dream is still far from reality. But a handful of "self-admitted nerds" from the interactive design firm Sevnthsin are taking to the skies with a weather balloon, a hacked cooler, and the latest in mobile technology.

Calling their project Yavin IV (after a rebel base in the Star Wars universe), the small group from Minneapolis, Minnesota completed their first full launch on Friday. Ars was on the scene to capture the event, and we spoke with project leader Jamey Erickson to understand what the project is trying to accomplish, and what's in store for its future.
amateur  engineering  space  exploration  hacking  citizen-science 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Schummer - The Popularization of Emerging Technologies through Ethics: From Nanotechnology to Synthetic Biology
We are used to considering engineering ethics largely a critical enterprise. By pointing out ethical issues and by raising concerns about a technology, ethicists usually criticise rather than promote the technology in question. Of course, from a utilitarianist perspective, an ethicist might come to the conclusion that a certain technology is better than another one or than doing without. However, such conclusions are rare in philosophy and would not be considered uncritical promotion. In this essay I argue that engineering ethics, almost unavoidably, turns into the promotion and popularisation of a technology if that technology does not exist yet but is considered to be emerging in the near future. In other words, ethics of emerging technologies is not only prone to but almost destined to play a propaganda role in the public sphere.
history  science  engineering  ethics  popularize  distribution  technology-adoption  sts 
july 2010 by tsuomela
YouTube - IIT channel - nptelhrd's Channel
Video lecture library from Indian Institutes of Technology and Science.
open-education  india  technology  video  lectures  engineering 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Carl Kesselman Home Page
Most of my research is focused around the Globus project™, a joint research project with Ian Foster's group at Argonne National Laboratory. Globus is developing the basic mechanisms and infrastructure for grids. One major result is the development of the Globus Toolkit®, the underlying infrastructure used by most major grid projects.
people  school(USC)  grid-computing  computational-science  engineering  simulation  infrastructure  science  toolkit 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Office for the development of substitute materials
Could humans at any point in history, given the right information, construct an electronic communication network? To test this hypothesis, Substitute Materials will attempt to build a functional electric battery and telegraph switch from materials found in the wilderness, using no modern tools except information from the internet. The telegraph will be a first step towards an ahistorical internet.
technology  history  engineering  infrastructure  via:ming 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Information Processing: The Age of Computing
...Historians of science have always had a soft spot for the history of theoretical physics. The great theoretical advances of this century -- relativity and quantum mechanics -- have been documented in fascinating historical accounts that have captivated the mind of the cultivated public.

There are no comparable studies of the relations between science and engineering. Breaking with the tradition of the Fachidiot, theoretical physicists have bestowed their romantic autobiographies on the world, portraying themselves as the high priests of the reigning cult.
philosophy  sts  history  science  physics  computer-science  computer  engineering  historiography 
january 2009 by tsuomela
citizen engineer
Citizen Engineer is an online video series about open source hardware, electronics, art and hacking by Limor (Ladyada) Fried of Adafruit Industries
engineering  hobby  electronic  video  demonstration  learning  education 
august 2008 by tsuomela
Art: This Material Does Not Conform to the Laws of Gravity
Employing electromagnets and magnetically-charged microfine particles suspended in oil set in motion through a computer controller, Kodama, who is associate professor at Tokyo’s University of Electro-Communications, explores an entirely new territory where the seductive glossy black liquid seems to turn into rows of solid spikes impeccably organized around a spiraling cone, only to dissolve abruptly into obvious liquidity once again
art  sculpture  engineering 
august 2008 by tsuomela
S&E Indicators 2008
science and engineering indicators from the NSF
science  engineering  economics  statistics  government 
april 2008 by tsuomela
The primary goals of InnoWorks are to (1) provide students from underprivileged backgrounds with an opportunity to explore the real-world links among science and engineering disciplines,
education  engineering  science  politics 
august 2007 by tsuomela
Lights! Water! Motion!
The world’s urban infrastructure needs a $40 trillion makeover. Here’s how to reinvigorate our electricity, water, and transportation systems by integrating finance, governance, technology, and design.
infrastructure  engineering  urbanism  future 
june 2007 by tsuomela
Everything Louder Than Everything Else
article on recent changes in CD mastering, toward more loudness through compression
music  audio  technology  engineering 
february 2007 by tsuomela

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