Chapter 8

Seeing and creativity

Being able to see is crucial in engineering, especially for learning.

There are visually impaired engineers, of course. However, they rely on others to see for them. This chapter will help you evaluate your ability to see. If you think that your seeing skills could improve, an online supplement to the book provides a graded set of exercises that you can work on independently over several weeks.

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The best way to assess your visual perception skills is freehand sketching, possibly with annotations. It is only when we sketch what we have seen that we can be sure that something has been noticed, in the same way that a paraphrased response ...

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