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Lauritzen’s AXIOMS OF DESIGN
Bill Lauritzen
Axiom 2: Machines and simple machines (wedge, lever, wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, and screw) are designs.
Corollary: A simple machine works by exchanging time for force. More time is taken and less force.
Axiom 3: There are stationary designs and there are designs that move.
Axiom 4: A moving design has a power source.
Axiom 5: The power of a moving design is man or man's use of some motion in the physical universe.
Axiom 6: Other than natural disaster, all accidents connected with designs can be conceived to be the result of human erroran error in training, an error in maintenance, or an error in the design itself.
Axiom 7: A design is made of one part or more than one part.
Axiom 8: In a design that has more has more than one partthe parts simply fit together, or a connector holds the parts together.
Axiom 9: To fix a design that has more than one part one has to find what part or connector is at fault.
Axiom 10: If the parts and connectors of a design were replaced when needed that design would last forever.
Axiom 11: As much as possible, a design should be in harmony with it's surrounding environment.
Axiom 12: Changing environmental conditions call for new designs.
Axiom 13: New technological designs in one field lead to new technological designs in other fields.
Axiom 14: A robot is a design that is doing work that was once done by man or woman.
Axiom 15: A design must attempt to fit a carbonoxygen powered unit called a human that exhibits as a species a perception range, strength and motion ranges, and a computational range.
Axiom 16: A design must not upset the delicate balance of nature on which humans depend for their survival.
Axiom 17: As nature selects certain species, so humans select certain designs.
Axiom 18: The simpler the design the more likely it will be utilized.
Axiom 19: In design, the minimum location is defined by a point,
the minimum line is defined by two points,
the minimum plane by three points or a triangle,
and the minimum space by four points or a tetrahedron.
Axiom 20: The minimum structure is a triangle (for a plane) or tetrahedron (for space).
Axiom 21: Beauty is function and efficiency and symmetry.
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