Engineering As An Art

AI and Society 21 (4):673-678 (2007)
Scientific knowledge and mathematical analysis enter into engineering in an indispensable way, and their role will continually increase. But engineering contains elements of experience and judgment, of tacit knowledge, and regard for social considerations and the most effective way of using human labour. If we accept this element of ‘art’ in engineering, we should design our systems, not to reject human skill, but rather to cooperate with it and make it more protective
Keywords engineering  tacit knowledge  human-centred technology
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DOI 10.1007/s00146-007-0112-7
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