Knowledge Systems (Science) and Designing

  • Vladimir Hubka
  • W. Ernst Eder


  • What is a science?

  • Of what does it consist?

  • How can it be recognized?

  • Which purposes does it pursue?

With the introduction of Design Science we can achieve neither spectacular and rapid successes, nor double-digit percentages of savings. With certainty we can say that Design Science is a decisive step in the direction of progress and will bring a long-term improvement of designing, both in the procedures of the designers and with respect to the quality of the manufactured products. But, as for any science or theory, it is not expected that it can be directly applied to the real problems of designing engineers. Improvements must on one hand be derived from science and adapted to the practice, and on the other hand where improvements originate from the practice, they must be inserted and absorbed into the science. Technical knowledge presented in a new order, totality and form then becomes a striking and productive tool for designers. Essential positive effects are to be expected in a relatively short time in engineering education, and through suitable derivations and adjustments of this science for particular purposes.


Machine Tool Real Object Knowledge System Technical System Technical Knowledge 
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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vladimir Hubka
    • 1
  • W. Ernst Eder
    • 2
  1. 1.Eidgenössische Technische HochschuleZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringRoyal Military College of CanadaKingstonCanada

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