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Xiaolong "Luke" Zhang - associate professor of information sciences and technology, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life

Author: Daniel Dennett

Book Description:

This book was one of several books recommended by my research advisor in graduate school. One idea in the book I found interesting and profound is "the principle of accumulation of design," which explains how a complex system can evolve from a basic and simple design. This idea not only helps me better understand design research in my area — human-computer interaction, but also offers a holistic view of the evolution of scientific research and the relationship among different research disciplines.


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