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Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering

Front. Mech. Eng.    2020, Vol. 15 Issue (3) : 430-437
Establishing distinctive theories and methods of design science rooted in Chinese traditional culture
Huijun ZOU(), Qinghua LIANG
School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
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The human social development saw the formation of five unique civilizations, with the latter forming their own distinctive cultures. China’s traditional culture is its most fundamental ideological weapon for solving problems. The Chinese are good at comprehensive thinking, dialectical thinking, and systematic analysis. These ideological weapons can solve the problems of formal science and technology and create scientific and technological achievements on par with global advanced scale. Ancient China is filled with original scientific and technological achievements, which strongly prove ancient China’s possession of its own science and technology different from that of Western Renaissance. Therefore, a comprehensive understanding of science, technology, experience, and intuition is necessary. The long-held superstition regarding the West, the lack of confidence, self-denial, blind imitation of ideas, and shackles must be thrown away. Only then can we take the road toward an authentic Chinese creative design as we learn from others.

Keywords traditional Chinese culture      comprehensive thinking      systematic analysis      Needham’s Grand Question      ancient Chinese scientific and technological achievements      design driving innovation      design theoretical thinking      design dialectical methods     
Corresponding Author(s): Huijun ZOU   
Just Accepted Date: 04 June 2020   Online First Date: 22 July 2020    Issue Date: 03 September 2020
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Huijun ZOU,Qinghua LIANG. Establishing distinctive theories and methods of design science rooted in Chinese traditional culture[J]. Front. Mech. Eng., 2020, 15(3): 430-437.
Fig.1  Basic contents and process diagram of creative design.
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