Book Review for Applied Minds How Engineers Think

The madhavan’s engineering book is about thelogical engineers’ habits, which are not typical suspects of thetechnology era (Madhavan, 2016). The author mentioned job or Wozniakto make readers recall earlier times. It became apparent on variousmethods used by engineers to solve problems that emerged. The bookseemed to exemplify a mind of solving problems above all other issues(Madhavan, 2016). It explores special mental tool and vision ofengineers in revealing the enormous and the understated influencethat wield in transforming the engineering problems intoopportunities. It tries to pair the innovators in the modern historywith things such as Zips code and ATMs code system in the disposablediaper (Madhavan, 2016). This makes the book among the most usefulbooks in the field of engineering, which the enables people toimprove their skills and innovations, which they can, used in turn tosolve various challenges faced in the modern society.

Informative component

The book contains a lot of essential informationin the field of engineering. The authors commenced the book byintroducing intellectually flexible tools kit known as modularsystem. It is used to explain that the penchants discipline used forseeing a structure where they actually do not exist (Madhavan, 2016).Nevertheless, the book encourages engineering students to thinkoutside the traditional ways primarily using the modern technology.It also provides answers to the some fundamental design questionssuch as functionality, user friendliness, usefulness and reliability.

Furthermore, the book uses case studies andnarratives in spanning brilliant engineering history. The essentialconcepts are presented in a detailed form for comprehensive study.Such concepts includes the prototyping, reliability, optimization, ,reliability, feedback and standards which are put in varied of fieldssuch as retail, transportation, entertainment and health care. Thismeans the book is suitable for diverse use.

Moreover, applied minds provide pathways tofuture using applied strategies borrowed from engineering to inspireand generate solutions to the people’s most pressing challenges(Madhavan, 2016). Furthermore, the book seek to set reverse the mindsets of the engineers to show the readers that engineeringversatility techniques can be used in everyday life hence itencouraging everybody indiscriminately to understand the book hassolution to his or her challenges (Madhavan, 2016). In an example,one can use functional prototyping in solving most engineeringproblem such as in construction and information technology.Containing that chapter provide the opportunity for people to beinformed that if he or she has such problems may turn the book forguideline.

The book contains a broad range of examples suchas approach in filmmaking by Hitchçock and redesign of the Frenchcannons by Jean-Baptiste to show how engineering can be applied alloccupations (Madhavan, 2016). The Madhavan uses some jargon makinghis problem-solving vignettes accessible to even non-engineersspecifically by use of examples of inventions or problems familiarthe people such as sewage treatment, traffic congestion, 911services, and coordination of GPS.

The authors further state that it is possible tolearn from others. This means that if something was done byone-person successfully, everybody can as well do it. This suggestthat if one person overcome challenge of which method of overcomingis provide, everyone can use similar procedure to overcome them(Madhavan, 2016). It also contains the adapting and crossing over,which show people how they can eliminate a certain challenge byadapting the best challenges. This book simply contains solution tomany challenges faced in the society today

Persuasive component

After reading the book, it possessed both good and bad aspect.Engineers are known to be great thinkers. As stated in the book,engineers have helped in the development of the present daysocieties. They come up with ideas and implement strategies that helpdeal with everyday challenges. Both the good and bad aspects relatedto the book are discussed below.

The book opens up the minds of people and transforms their lives(Madhavan, 2016). It is an excellent book. It describes the visionsof engineers and their unique minds to show extraordinary ways ofsolving difficult problems. This book is mostly proposed for peoplewho are interested in understanding marvelous acts of engineering.The book reveals the well-arranged principles that enlighten peopleto solve challenges that they think are impossible.

The author of “Applied Minds” explores and uses impressivehistorical examples to support the book’s argument on acts ofengineering. “Klaus Schwab is an engineer and Executive Chairman ofthe World Economic Forum (Madhavan, 2016). The book perfectly offersconvincing and well-organized points of engineering. The incredibleand heartwarming stories of Guru Madhavan are irresistible to thereader as it is thrilling and enjoyable. “Rita Colwell, ScienceEnvoy in U.S.” &quotApplied Minds&quot is a powerful book whichbrings out genuine ways of thinking that are essential to solvecritical problems and offers inspiration to better solutions ofengineering. “Bruce Alberts a Science Envoy of United States.”

The writer and engineer himself Guru Madhavan point up topics thatrelate to upcoming engineers and those with an interest inengineering. These topics can help the young engineers to developtheir ideas and expand them to solve problems (Madhavan, 2016). Theauthor believes in critical thinking and explains how important it isto provide solutions to the society as a whole. The challenges of thesociety are transformed into opportunities through engineering forexample Thomas Edison who was an inventor and created devices thatchanged the life in the world. “Applied Minds,” reflects a futureof efficiency and reliability

On the other hand, the book seems to lack key qualities. The authorgives poor arguments by overlooking noticeable contradictions.Applied Minds book tries to claim that engineers are the only greatthinkers (Madhavan, 2016). Different people from other professionsalso think like engineers. Non-engineers have been able to turnopportunities into solutions. However, in the book the authorneglects the common rebuttals when expressing the books claims. Heseems not considerate when affirming the arguments displayed in thebook.

Moreover, the book is poor to some point because complex technicaldetails are used to present the concepts of the book. This makesreaders who are not expert to face a challenge while trying tounderstand the book’s concepts (Madhavan, 2016). For instance, thebook discusses engineering techniques that are useful in everydaylife. However, the techniques are not well elaborated to show a clearpicture to non-experts. The thinking capability of the engineers isnot discussed well in the book. Therefore, the readers end up gettingthe wrong implication of engineers. Some may end up thinking thatengineers possess superb brains that other people do not have. Inaddition, some information has been repeated in the book. As depictedin the several chapters, the author keeps on the talking aboutproblem solving (Madhavan, 2016). The author emphasizes on theability of engineers to adapt to the changing world. The repetitionmay make the book boring for readers. The key concepts may not beeasily explored as one reads the book.


In conclusion, the book is helpful for learners and other individualsin the field of engineering. It promotes the development of skillsand abilities that are needed to solve daily problems. The book onapplied minds seems both bad and good. The good aspect is helpful forgrowing engineers and society. Repetition and complexity in the bookmake it bad. The book however is among the mostuseful books in the field of engineering. It enables people toimprove their skills and innovations, which they can, used in turn tosolve many challenges faced in the modern society


Madhavan, G.(2016).&nbspAppliedminds: How engineers think.Place of publication not identified: W W Norton.