Technological Concepts and Mathematical Models in the Evolution of Modern Engineering Systems

Controlling • Managing • Organizing

  • Ana Millán Gasca
  • Mario Lucertini
  • Fernando Nicolò

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Mathematical Methods and Technological Thought: Historical Aspects

  3. Technological Knowledge and Mathematical Models in the Analysis, Planning, and Control of Modern Engineering Systems

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 239-246

About this book


M. LUCERTINI, A. MILLAN GASCA, AND F. NICOLO 1 Technology as Knowledge: The Case of Modern Engineering Systems In recent years scholars coming from the fields of history and philosophy of sci­ ence and technology have devoted much attention to the problem of "technology as knowledge" and to the emergence of an autonomous engineering science in the Industrial Agel. This interest echoes a growing awareness among engineers of the independence of their conceptual approach with respect to other forms of knowl­ edge, linked to the consolidation of autonomous academic engineering research in th the 20 century. A careful examination of the nature of technological knowledge appears particularly valuable in view of the pervasive presence of technology in contemporary life and culture, not only as a result of its impressive achievements, but through the less obvious influence of its concepts and viewpoints as well. The activity of engineers and technicians has been traditionally based on the practical ability to cope with specific situations and to attain the corresponding specific goal by means of the design and realization of an artifact or structure, on the basis of past experience handed down by tradition and applied by means of trial-and-error and rule-of-thumb procedures. But the existence of a theoreti­ cal background and of principles underpinning this activity can be traced back to classical antiquity.


History of Mathematics Mathematikgeschichte calculus control engineering mathematics nonlinear dynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Ana Millán Gasca
    • 1
  • Mario Lucertini
    • 2
  • Fernando Nicolò
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di MatematicaUniversità di Roma “La Sapienza”Roma
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Informatica Sistemi e ProduzioneUniversità di Roma “Tor Vergata”Rome
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Informatica e AutomazioneUniversità di Roma 3Roma

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