Ryan, James J. Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Application of science and invention to the development and construction of machines. An understanding of the basic laws of nature is essential to a proper perspective in the approach to machine design. Knowledge of the past development of machine elements makes possible their effective application. Inventiveness consists of producing new combinations of old elements or, where extreme need arises, of exercising genius either in breaking the bounds of convention, or in evolving new principles not hitherto applied or known.
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