A Lever Long Enough: A History of Columbia's School of by Robert McCaughey

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By Robert McCaughey

During this finished social background of Columbia University's tuition of Engineering and utilized technology (SEAS), Robert McCaughey combines archival examine with oral testimony and modern interviews to construct either a serious and celebratory portrait of 1 of the oldest engineering colleges within the United States.

McCaughey follows the evolving, sometimes rocky, and now built-in courting among SEAS's engineers and the remainder of the Columbia collage scholar physique, college, and management. He additionally revisits the interplay among the SEAS employees and the population and associations of town of latest York, the place the college has resided seeing that its founding in 1864. He compares the historic struggles and achievements of the school's engineers with their present-day battles and accomplishments, and he contrasts their educating and study methods to these in their friends at different free-standing and Ivy league engineering colleges. What starts off as a localized historical past of a college striving to outline itself inside a school identified for its strengths within the humanities and the social sciences turns into a much wider tale of the transformation of the technologies right into a serious element of American know-how and schooling.

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It may be involved in regulation of order, sequence, summing, separation, elaboration, and multiplication of biorhythms, integration, and/or serial interaction. It may interrelate movements, receptor functions, and physiological functioning, often to subserve human-tool or human-machine interaction, all on a positive active basis (homeokinesis), as contrasted with a purely negative feedback homeostatic basis with functional equilibrium as the end goal. , 1994; Flach & Hancock, 1992; Gibson, 1966, 1979; Gibson & Pick, 2000; Jagacinski & Flach, 2003, pp.

J. Smith, 1998). Principle 8: Cause and effect work both ways. As performance modifies design, design influences performance. Linear causation models of behavior may be considered at best incomplete, and at worst invalid, in that they fail to deal with the cybernetic reality of reciprocal influence and mutual interdependence between behavioral performance and design. Principle 9: Context specificity contributes to variability across all modes and patterns of human performance. Given that the role of context specificity in human performance variability has been empirically documented, with reasonable rigor, only for a limited number of performance examples (reviewed in Chapters 3 through 9), this principle must be considered almost entirely speculative.

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