Peter Reintjes wrote a beautiful paper in 1992 titled Elegant Technologies (see http://zhurnaly.com/documents/ElegantTechnologies.pdf for *.PDF version). He talks about some characteristics of elegance:
- abstraction --- derived from a few powerful principles
- simplicity --- comprehensible at a systems level
- generality --- applicable to a wide range of problems
- unboundedness --- open to graceful evolution
The hallmark of elegance, in Reintjes's judgment, is that it contributes to complexity management --- a key challenge in all significant human endeavors.
Friday, September 10, 1999 at 06:00:42 (EDT) = Datetag19990910
(see also MoreElegantTechnologies (8 Nov 2003), ... )
TopicThinking - TopicPhilosophy
Thanks to whoever wrote the glowing review. - Peter
... that was me (^z), as usual --- and thank you, Peter, for the original essay!
(correlates: MoreElegantTechnologies, CoarseCorrection, 3 Comments on RichFlammang, ...)