General Purpose Concepts, Solutions and Products
Engineering and Science
By Roy D. Follendore III
Copyright (c) 2001 RDFollendoreIII
We Engineers and Scientists have a tendency to think that problem solving usually happens from the specific to the general. The universe seems too large to contemplate so we reach first for the simplest ideas. We choose to think of those as more elegant. The reality is that it simultaneously happens from the general to the specific. Assume you are in a room; You paint yourself in a corner and you need to find a way out from that corner. The real problem is not necessarily the painting method. You may have painted in the most efficient way possible at the moment. The true problem is in the first part of the statement, you are in a room. This statement represents the philosophical structure of the problem. In rational problem solving there are no contextual physical barriers to overcome so universal solutions can be created.
There are two parts to creating a rational engineering approach to achieving N2K solutions and products. They are two sides of the same coin and it is impossible at times to distinguish between the two parts.
If as Engineers and Scientists we only allow ourselves to see concerns from the specific conditional perspectives of the problem, then we shall largely realize compromised resolutions to issues as noise and barriers and we can not advance Scientific and Engineering concepts, solutions and knowledge for humanity.
There is a major difference between a typical fix and a general solution. In our room painting example above, a short term fix may be to simply wait for the paint to dry or accept the messy footprints and paint your way back out. True N2K engineering solutions do not begin by acceptance of the premise that a floor must exist in a room so that painting can take place in a completely different contextual situation or perhaps never take place at all. A careful examination and choice of philosophy can often allow rational engineers to step outside of the prison of our box and eliminate or minimize problems before they occur. By doing this, far more problems can be solved and many others can be avoided, so that a much better and broader products can be achieved to be used in far more things.
This is what is meant by creative concepts, solutions and products.
Roy D. Follendore III
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