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Notes on the Synthesis of Form

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This book outlines an approach to designing complex artifacts. Alexander considers design problems in terms of the couplings between misfits. Certain patterns of couplings will lead to problems which are practically insoluble, because solving one part of them "breaks" another part of the solution. Beyond a certain level of complexity it becomes impossible to manage all the interacting misfits. The answer, according to Alexander, is to consider the problem is such a way that misfits can be grouped into subsystems, effectively smaller problems which can be solved independently, then combined with other subsystems to solve the initial large problem. If you are a software engineer then this should all sound very familiar. The book also serves as a foundation for Alexander's later, more famous work on design patterns.

1964 hardback in excellent condition but missing dust jacket. Just a little shelf wear to the head and tail of the spine and corners of the front and back plates. Text block as good as new with no foxing.

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Author(s):
Christopher Alexander
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1964
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
216
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Title:
Notes on the Synthesis of Form

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This book outlines an approach to designing complex artifacts. Alexander considers design problems in terms of the couplings between misfits. Certain patterns of couplings will lead to problems which are practically insoluble, because solving one part of them "breaks" another part of the solution. Beyond a certain level of complexity it becomes impossible to manage all the interacting misfits. The answer, according to Alexander, is to consider the problem is such a way that misfits can be grouped into subsystems, effectively smaller problems which can be solved independently, then combined with other subsystems to solve the initial large problem. If you are a software engineer then this should all sound very familiar. The book also serves as a foundation for Alexander's later, more famous work on design patterns.

1964 hardback in excellent condition but missing dust jacket. Just a little shelf wear to the head and tail of the spine and corners of the front and back plates. Text block as good as new with no foxing.

Author(s):
Christopher Alexander
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1964
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
216
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Title:
Notes on the Synthesis of Form

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