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Getting It Right: R&D Methods for Science and Engineering 1st Edition

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A textbook introducing principles and practices of research. The sections cover project organization, knowledge representation, and the scientific method.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

About the Author

Bock is a professor of machine intelligence and cognition on the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Bock received his undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics from Ripon College. After completing his graduate studies at Purdue University in 1965, he joined the research faculty at IIT Research Institute in Chicago.

Scheibe was born in Germany and has studied and worked extensively thoughout Europe.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (September 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0121088529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0121088521
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book in conjunction with taking the author's Research and Evaluation Methods class. I found a lot of useful information in this book. I think it can be very helpful to those writing not only doctoral dissertations, but also master's theses or publications. It definitely teaches you a very structural approach to research.
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I am a professional computer scientist and systems engineer, and have found this book incredibly useful far outside of its normal role as a textbook for PhD students. This book does not focus on the the "how to do engineering/science" aspects of engineering and technology. Instead it zeros in on the all too rare subject of "what is engineering and science?" This is a very esoteric subject, and Dr. Bock combines scientific rigor, narrative, and some dialog in order to bring this subject down to earth. It discusses the complete scientific method, and how these steps fit into real world projects. It shows actual pitfalls and common mistakes that we practitioners commonly make, and it ties up the entire methodological process into an end to end template for research practices, analytical exploration, and evaluation practices.

I recommend this book not only to grad students and scientists, but to practicing engineers who design and build things that have never been built before.
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This is the kind of book I love to own. It is clearly organized, offers immediately useful information summaries (e.g., table 2.2 on page 17), and has enough content to make a valuable reference even after reading through it. Oddly, for such a seemly dry topic as "R&D Methods" it has some entertainment value.
I bought this book expecting it to be a readable collection of usable best practices for organizing notes and keeping track of potentially overwhelming technical details. I have not been disappointed.
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When I took his course in GWU, I never knew his vision and his philosophy about science is going to change lots of my own activities. Peter Bock is one of the greatest teachers I have ever had and this book has become my obsession since our first class. I am sure you will learn many useful techniques and tools if you are serious about Research and Development.
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I was a student of Peter and found his passion for science and truth astounding. This book covers not only methods for pure and applied research, it touches on the profound subject of how we "know" what we know, how to best increase that knowledge, and how to measure and increase our confidence that we - got it right.
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For any anyone involved in research. This is an excellent decomposition of the scientific method and its application to formal scientific research. This book is

highly readable and provides a step by step description of how to build and carry out

a research plan through relevant examples and standardized terminology
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By Chelsie on October 25, 2014
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I needed this book for an online class unrelated to my major. I think reading this book for my quizzes is more enjoyable than the books related to my major this semester. There are lots of fun examples and the author really puts personality into the book to make it fun (you know, considering its a textbook! :)).
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