Cover: Review of "Systems Engineering Methods" by Harold Chestnut.

Review of "Systems Engineering Methods" by Harold Chestnut.

by Edward H. Blum

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A book review prepared for the Sigma Xi quarterly, the American Scientist. Devoted to project management methods, the book is written at a level, and in highly technical language, well suited to supervisory engineers. It is distinguished by a practical orientation, and presents a wealth of helpful ideas and insights with remarkable clarity and generality. However, it concentrates almost exclusively on design problems and is weak in cost-effectiveness analysis and the understanding of uncertainty.

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