This collection of participant-observation studies of engineering design and product development, woven into a whole by the
sociologist Dominique Vinck, presents the fruits of a decade-long collaboration between sociologists/anthropologists and mechanical
engineers at Grenoble. Here we find designing 'in the raw' analyzed in a way which brings the social and the technical dimensions
of engineering practice into coherence without slighting the former nor oversimplifying the latter. Its reading should be
required of all students headed out into today's world where mastery of the mix of the two is what defines professional excellence.
-- Louis L. Bucciarelli, Jr., School of Engineering, MIT What Vinck and his students show is that a great variety of things
and people have to collude to create a working technology. A necessary antidote to rationalistic and linear views of design
and innovation. -- Arie Rip, Science and Technology Studies, University of Twente, The NetherlandsDominique Vinck is Professor
at Pierre Mende s-France University and at the Polytechnic National Institute of Grenoble. He is also a member
of CRISTO, a research center associated with CNRS that focuses on sociotechnical innovation and industrial organizations.