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Lauritzenís AXIOMS OF DESIGN
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 error--an 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 part--the 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 carbon-oxygen 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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