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- To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: Engineers & Abstract (?) Thinking
- From: "Dave Adams" <davea(--nospam--at)laneengineers.com>
- Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 09:09:05 -0700
anyone seen those diagrams where simpler shapes are hidden within more complex
ones? I looked over some of those things and find that I can do the
simpler ones quickly, but I thought I took too long when the hidden shapes to
find became more complex and odd. I'm not sure what the "norm" is, but I
felt that I should have been able to do it quicker. After I thought about
it, I remembered that most of what I deal with on a day-to-day basis is so
concrete (no pun intended) ... even when I think out of the box to solve a
particular engineering problem, I am still dealing with concrete
principles like engineering mechanics and material behavior.
Perhaps these perception tests steer away from the "that's the way it is"
mentality -- some people are suited to it, but I don't know if an engineer
should particularly be expected to be. For me, if I have the time to study
it, I can figure it out.
have any comments or experiences to share?